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Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam in The Moderate Soprano at Hampstead Theatre (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano transfers to West End

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 15 December 2017

David Hare’s critically acclaimed play The Moderate Soprano will make its West End premiere next spring at the Duke of York’s Theatre, with performances playing from 5 April to 30 June 2018.

Jeremy Herrin, whose celebrated production of The Moderate Soprano enjoyed a sold out run at Hampstead Theatre in 2015, will return to direct the play with brand new set and costume designs by the multi award-winning theatre and opera designer, Bob Crowley.

Olivier Award winners Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll will reprise their roles of Glyndebourne founder John Christie and soprano Audrey Mildmay respectively. Further casting for the West End transfer of The Moderate Soprano is still to be announced.

The historical play centres on theatrical producer John Christie, whose two great passions in life were opera and a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay, with whom he was completely smitten. Together with his formidable drive, they fuelled what many first saw as a monumental folly in the South Downs. Glyndebourne was triumphantly born amidst stiff manhattans, rolling lawns and the sound of sheep from across the HaHa. It was to become revered the world over.

Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam in The Moderate Soprano at Hampstead Theatre (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

David Hare’s play, making a long-awaited West End transfer having first been seen in 2015 at Hampstead Theatre, is the story of an intense love affair and the unrelenting search for artistic excellence in the face of searing scrutiny, sacrifice and the impending Second World War.

David Hare said: “Few people know the extraordinary story of how an eccentric English schoolmaster bumped accidentally into three refugees from Hitler’s Germany, and formed one of the world’s great opera houses in the 1930s in the middle of the English countryside. But even fewer know that Glyndebourne’s true founder was John Christie’s adored wife, Audrey Mildmay, whom he called ‘the moderate soprano.”

Gus Christie said: “I am delighted that David Hare’s play about the origins of Glyndebourne, which sheds light on my grandparents’ extraordinary vision and the creative tensions that existed in pulling it off, is coming to the West End in the Spring”.

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