Perfect Picnic Offers Taste of Opera at London's Jermyn Street Theatre

News   Perfect Picnic Offers Taste of Opera at London's Jermyn Street Theatre
Opera is losing its fusty image in London. While the Young Vic's South African reinvention of Mozart's The Magic Flute prepares to move into the space vacated by the poorly received Rent Remixed, Mozart will get another makeover with The Perfect Picnic, which opens at the Jermyn Street Theatre Jan. 15.

Produced by Opera on the Run, the show combines Mozart's music and a new comic libretto by Ian Bloomfield and Tim Armstrong-Taylor. However, the show's plot contains neither marriage nor magic but follows, according to production notes, the fortunes of "accountant David Sterling and his long-suffering girlfriend Sarah Primrose who mysteriously receive tickets to an opera gala at which, it transpires, David's ex-wife and rising opera star, Rachel, is performing. When Rachel's new boyfriend, the flamboyant celebrity TV designer Michael de Haughton-Tours, lays eyes on Sarah his attention is transferred immediately from the stage to the stalls. It is during the Picnic interval however that events unfold with more drama than the opera itself."

Desscribes as "neither opera nor play, neither musical nor music theatre," The Perfect Picnic is a fusion of genres which, say the producers, has never been seen in the West End.

For more information on The Perfect Picnic, call (0)207 287 2875.

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