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About the Show Less...

A new jazz opera by Julian Joseph and Mike Phillips. Read More >

ETO’s new opera commemorates the 200th anniversary of the act abolishing the slave trade in Britain. Composed by celebrated jazz musician Julian Joseph and written by author Mike Phillips, Bridgetower stars Cleveland Watkiss as the remarkable eighteenth-century black musician. Born into slavery, Bridgetower became the prodigy of the Prince Regent, friend of Beethoven, violin virtuoso and composer. Featuring jazz and classically trained singers including Jonathan Peter Kenny (ETO’s Tolomeo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and the Julian Joseph Big Band.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 25/10/2007

Closing Night: 25/10/2007

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Cast & Creative


Cleveland Watkiss


Producer - English Touring Opera

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