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Islington – The Opera

Islington - The Opera

Young people bring opera to Islington

Published 30 January 2014

A cast of young people aged six to 22-years-old will bring opera to north London next month when they appear in the premiere of Islington – The Opera at the Young Actors Theatre.

The show, which plays at the Islington venue from 20 to 22 February, fuses opera, community engagement and musical theatre to tell the story of a group of youngsters who inadvertently raise the ghost of famous clown and entertainer Joseph Grimaldi during a picnic in St James’ Churchyard.

The darkly comic tale will follow the youths as they join forces with Islington locals, both dead and alive, to thwart the phantom’s dastardly scheming.

The Young Actors Theatre is a community charity based in Angel and is open to all those aged between six and 24-years-old who are interested in the performing arts.

The charity hopes that the forthcoming production of Islington – The Opera will open up opera to a wider audience and provide many young Londoners with their first experience of the art form.

Talking about the theatre’s drive to maintain a profile for young talent, the charity’s Chair of Trustees Gail Cohen said: “We’re on a mission to drive the theatre forward and inspire young people to realise their creative potential – the effects of which can be life changing.”

For more information about the production and how to buy tickets or to discover more about the work of the Young Actors Theatre visit


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