David Horton Candide
Paula Sides Cunegonde
Carl Sanderson Pangloss/Voltaire
Rosemary Ashe Old Woman
Orpheus Sinfonia
Oliver Gooch conductor
Jeff Clarke director
Nigel Howard & Elroy Ashmore designers
A co-production by Iford Arts and Opera della Luna

This summer, we bring English country-house opera to the Town Hall’s Pillar Room for one night only! The internationally renowned companies of Iford Arts and Opera della Luna use intimate and unique performance spaces to create magical and captivating opera, staged in-the-round, with the best of young British musical talent.

In Bernstein’s satirical masterpiece Candide, the innocent hero – an idealistic optimist – is taken on a whirligig world quest, encountering an absurd series of unfortunate events. Funny, surreal and Pythonesque, Candide contains some of Bernstein’s greatest writing with the enduringly popular I Am Easily Assimilated, Glitter and Be Gay and the radiant finale, Make our Garden Grow.

This sparkling new production from director Jeff Clarke continues Opera della Luna’s reputation for inventive, irreverent, hilarious and high energy shows, which never fail to delight audiences.

We have a limited number of £55 tickets currently available for this concert; more tickets for this price category will be released in due course.

…absolutely super staging…a witty, lavishly costumed spectacle… a banquet of delights.

★★★★ Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph

Pre-Concert Talk: Humphrey Burton on Bernstein

Thursday 12 July, 6-7pm
Cheltenham Town Hall, Drawing Room

Humphrey Burton, classical music expert, television presenter, writer, director, producer and raconteur par excellence takes us on an entertaining journey through the life of the great American composer, conductor, teacher and thinker, Leonard Bernstein. Accompanied by film clips and musical extracts, this pre-concert event will catapult you into the mind of the man who created this evening’s music.

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur
New version by John Caird
(The 1999 Royal National Theatre version)
With additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited


Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

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