Musical Treats coming up at Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake are delighted to welcome back Opera della Luna to the theatre on 5 and 6 February with their new production, Tales of Offenbach, from the French master of comic opera – guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.

Tales of Offenbach premiered last autumn in London’s Wilton’s Music Hall where it gathered rave reviews, being described as ‘Irresistible’ in a four star review from The Telegraph, ‘brilliant’ in The Spectator, and ‘hilarious’ by The Stage who gave it five stars.

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The show consists of a double bill of hilarious and mad-cap one-act comedies, Croquefer and L’ile de Tulipatan, which are sung in English in a new version by Artistic Director Jeff Clarke. They promise to be both laugh-out-loud funny and musically superb.

Opera della Luna was created in 1994 and is the country’s only full-time comic opera company. It presents over 100 shows each year including performances at The Lowry, Oxford Playhouse and Lighthouse Poole, and performs works by Gilbert & Sullivan as well as Offenbach, and Strauss. They have visited Theatre by the Lake several times before, most recently with The Ghosts of Ruddigore in 2015.

Hot on the heels of Opera della Luna we travel the musical gamut from French opera through to the musical traditions of North East England as we welcome The Pitmen Poets on 7 February, with an evening of music, song and stories, illustrated by atmospheric archive photography.

The Pitmen Poets features four of North East England’s leading champions of its musical heritage: ex- Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, renowned singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham and acclaimed Durham songwriter Jez Lowe.

Join them as they celebrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition with favourites such as Billy Elliot, Close the Coalhouse Door, When the Boat Comes In, and, of course, The Pitmen Painters.

Both shows play in the theatre’s Main House with tickets for Opera della Luna ranging from £20 to £10, and tickets for The Pitmen Poets at £18 and £15. To find out more or book tickets, visit www.theatrebythelake.com or call the Box Office on 017687 74411.

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