Friday, 8 November 2013

Lucky Star (opera)

New Sussex Opera are undertaking a short four-venue tour of Emmanuel Chabrier's three-act comic opera, Lucky Star (L'Etoile), throughout November. They will start at Lewes Town Hall before coming to the Devonshire Park Theatre, then on to East Grinstead's Chequer Mead and finally the Cadogan Hall in London. The production is directed by Susannah Waters, who was involved with The Rake's Progress this summer. The designer is Nicola Blackwell and the musical director is Nicholas Jenkins. The cast includes Neil Jenkins as King Ouf 1, Geoffrey Moses as Siroco, Stephanie Corley as Princess Laoula and Katie Bray as Lazuli.

L'Etoile was first performed in Paris in 1877. New Sussex Opera will be performing the work in an English translation by Jeremy Sams. King Ouf wants to execute someone as a birthday treat to himself and searches his city for a suitable candidate. He decides upon pedlar Lazuli who has insulted him. But Lazuli has fallen in love with Laoula, a princess who is travelling in disguise in order to be presented to Ouf as his bride.

Devonshire Park Theatre, Sun 24th Nov, 15:00.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person from the Box Office and Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre.