Opera – The Impresario and The Oval Portrait

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7th September 2017 @ 19:30 Europe/London Timezone
Thames Tunnle Shaft (Brunel Museum)
Railway Ave
London SE16
£17 / £20

The Impresario & The Oval PortraitOpera – The Impresario and The Oval Portrait

Mozart’s Impresario in a new translation by Mark Burns. An hilarious, light-hearted take on the dilemma theatre companies face when dealing with divas. Set in the present day, we see just how much things haven’t changed in the 230 years since this piece was first premiered.

The Oval Portrait is a new opera by Edward Lambert, a setting of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story. A visitor to a remote castle is disturbed by the portrait of a young woman. As her husband painted her, the picture came alive and the woman came to live on only in his art…

Following their Totally Thames triumph in 2016, The Opera Box team up with The Music Troupe scare you and entertain you in the dark and foreboding of the Thames Tunnel.

The Impresario & The Oval Portrait is at the Brunel Museum on the 7th and 8th Sept.

  Tickets available here

In London this event is part of Totally Thames 2017 that runs from 1-30 September

The Impresario  

  • Madame Heartfelt – Jennifer Witton
  • Miss Silverklang – Elizabeth Karani
  • Mr Frank – Samuel Pantcheff
  • Mr Buff – James Schouten
  • Mr Phil Anthropist – Daniel Joy

The Oval Portrait

  • The Narrator – Samuel Pantcheff
  • The Book –  Jennifer Witton, Elizabeth Karani,Daniel Joy, James Schouten

Music Director – Edward Lambert | Director – Mark Burns | Lighting Designer – Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson


Richard Davenport Cosi fan Tutte at Brunel Museum

The venue: The Thames Tunnel Shaft

The company’s favourite venues to perform in, this atmospheric, underground tunnel shaft is one of our most popular events each season for a totally unique experience! With the added treat of being able to drink delicious cocktails and toast marshmallows round the fire afterwards in the beautiful Midnight Apothecary Cocktail Garden, on site.

Part of the fascinating Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, this place is like an extraordinary underground cathedral. The performance area is an incredible cylindrical shaft built by Brunel as pedestrian entrance to the Thames Tunnel. This is a unique and atmospheric show. New improved access by ramp and full height doorway gives to a staircase down to the lower chamber. A viewing platform high inside the shaft offers balcony seating for a limited number of people: priority given to those with impaired mobility or using a wheelchair. Serving delicious cocktails before the performance and during the interval in the museum’s Midnight Apothecary Garden. Not to be missed! Please note, this venue is underground and the temperature may be cool, so bring a sweater.

Facilities at this venue include:

  • Toilets in the main museum
  • Museum
  • Cafe & Midnight Apothecary pop up bar

Please note that the temperature in the tunnel shaft may be cool, so bring some warm clothes. If you have a problem with stairs please let the company know and they can book you seats in the high level viewing platform.

  www.brunel-museum.org.uk  @BrunelMuseum  BrunelMuseum

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Totally Thames Festival 2017

Totally Thames is an annual season of surprising, diverse and accessible arts and culture throughout the month of September. The programme is curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust, with activity taking place on, beneath, and along the River Thames.

Launched in 2014, Totally Thames emerged from the idea to expand and replace the hugely successful two-day Thames Festival along the South Bank and Bankside that ran from 1997 -2013.

The month-long programme runs along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames through working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses.

They aim to inspire, surprise and enthral through their programme

  • Spotlight the river with excellent, surprising and spectacular art
  • Champion a diverse and sustainable creative riverfront
  • Inspire the next generation of river ambassadors
  • Create unique and innovative opportunities to discover and learn
  • Support and nurture emerging artistic talent, placing the River Thames at the heart of new work
  • Each year we run an open call for events to be part of our programme these range from pop-up performances, boating events, art installations, River clean-ups, live performances, talks, workshops and much more.

They commission and support artists from all disciplines to create new work that spotlights the river and its rich heritage. The Thames is part of the fabric of London life, and has been since time immemorial. Its relationship to urban and rural surroundings is ever-changing, and this vibrancy lends itself to creating extraordinary and surprising artistic experiences.

Totally Thames forms part of the artistic programme delivered by the Thames Festival Trust that was set up in 1997 by Adrian Evans. The mission of Thames Festival Trust to increase the appreciation of rivers and their importance to us all through creating and promoting river and river-related art, education and heritage programmes.

  www.totallythames.org  @TotallyThames  TotallyThamesUK



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