Simon Callow to Perform One-Man Show Inspired by Life of Richard Wagner at London's Royal Opera House

News   Simon Callow to Perform One-Man Show Inspired by Life of Richard Wagner at London's Royal Opera House
 
Simon Callow will perform a new one-man show Inside Wagner's Head, inspired by the life of composer Richard Wagner, beginning performances Sept. 3 at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre, prior to an official opening Sept. 6, for a run through Sept. 29.

It has been specially commissioned for this year’s Deloitte Ignite contemporary arts festival curated by Stephen Fry and The Royal Opera, and co-produced by the Royal Opera House and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

According to press materials, "There are many truths and myths surrounding the composer Richard Wagner. In this one-man show, Callow tries to show what Wagner was actually like, and what it was like to be around him. He was a mass of contradictions: a sublime visionary and a petty anti-Semite, a political radical but dependent on dukes and princes, irritating yet charismatic to the point of commanding absolute devotion."

In a press statement, Callow commented, "To know Wagner is to become obsessed by him. I've tried to show how utterly original the man was. How shocking, how funny, how profound, how destructive. He is one of the absolute Titans of Western Art who often behaved disgracefully. I hope the audience will be appalled, amused and finally moved by the man. I certainly have been."  

It will be directed by Simon Stokes, currently artistic director of the Theatre Royal Plymouth, with designs by award-winning theatre and opera designer Robin Don, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Adrienne Quartly.

To book tickets contact the box office on 020 7304 4000 or visit www.roh.org.uk.

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