Category Archives: March

Friday 24th March – The Second Best Bed

8 p.m. £12.50/£11

‘The Second Best Bed’ by Avril Rowlands, starring Liz Grand, directed by Chris Jaeger

When Shakespeare died, he famously left his wife Anne only one thing – the second best bed. This superb one-woman play, full of both humour and pathos, has received great critical acclaim since its premier at the Swan Theatre Worcester in 2012. Liz Grand stars as Anne Hathaway on the night of Shakespeare’s funeral. The wake has finished, the mourners have all gone home, leaving Anne to remember her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he? Did he write the plays? His widow would know if anybody did. Wouldn’t she?

Quotes About The Show

  “Thank you and your company for ‘The Second Best Bed’, we were very pleased to sell out. Your team made it a very smooth day and the audience really enjoyed Liz’s performance and the play.”      Brian Kirk – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre 

 “A delightful twist to the Shakespeare story which has brought a wonderfully different dimension to the Festival.  Absolutely excellent!”   

Deborah Liggins – Administrator, Worcester Three Choirs Festival 

“We were thrilled by the play, as was our audience at this sell out event. Liz Grand gave a formidable performance, up close and very personal, generating smiles, laughter and tears. The organisation of the touring theatre was superb, creating a magical set from the back of a transit van.”       Rosalind Turner, Programme Director Shoreham Wordfest

  “Thank you for getting us off to such a fine start. All reports have been excellent. Thanks so much and many congratulations.”     Rosie Turner, Director Canterbury Festival 

“A wonderful evening …. what a talented and delightful actress Liz Grand is! It was a stunning tour de force of a performance, balancing just the right amount of drama, humour and pathos.”      Gill Scard , Cheddar Arts 


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Second Best Bed

Thursday 30 March – ROH: Live Opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY

7.15pm £11/£10 Puccini’s

Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Much-

loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in

Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier ‘s stunningly beautiful production.

The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists’

romanticized views of Japan. Puccini’s music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria ‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.

Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.

 

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Madama Butterfly