Fantastic Mr Fox

Tobias Picker - Spring 2011

Libretto by Donald Sturrock, based on a story by Roald Dahl. UK première (full version).

Conductor 
Timothy Carey
Director 
Tim Yealland
Movement Director 
Liam Steel
Designer 
Neil Irish

“English Touring Opera’s take of this classic tale by Roald Dahl is funturgling, fizzsquizzing, fricklewickling to use the great author’s language. A brilliant and unforgettable production.” Glouchestershire Echo

“This production constitutes a great night out for all the family. Full marks to English Touring Opera for bringing something so fresh and life-affirming to a stage near you.” Opera Britannia

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For years, Mr Fox has defied three blundering farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean – by pilfering food for his family from under their noses. Now they have a plan to beat him, involving a hungry digger called Agnes (celebrated mezzo soprano Fiona Kimm). Can Mr Fox be “outfoxed”?

Tobias Picker’s wonderful opera does full justice to Roald Dahl’s heroic Mr Fox (exciting young baritone Nicholas Merryweather), along with the gourmandising villain Farmer Bunce, the lonely Hedgehog, and the tipsy philosopher Rita the Rat. ETO’s professional cast directed by Tim Yealland, will be joined by local groups of schoolchildren at each venue – playing a skulk of fox cubs and a chorus of trees.

This production will be sung in English.

Total running time: 1 hour and 35 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

Commissioned to benefit Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

Photograph by Richard Hubert Smith

Showing At

  1. Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
    18th Feb 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    10th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    15th Mar 2011 - 6:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd Mar 2011 - 7:00 pm
  5. The Hawth, Crawley
    31st Mar 2011 - 7:00 pm
  6. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    5th Apr 2011 - 7:00 pm
  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    17th Apr 2011 - 4:00 pm
  8. Norwich Theatre Royal
    21st Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  9. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    2nd May 2011 - 7:00 pm
  10. Buxton Opera House
    7th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  11. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    9th May 2011 - 7:00 pm
  12. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    25th May 2011 - 1:00 pm
  13. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    25th May 2011 - 7:00 pm
  1. Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon — 18th Feb 2011 - 7:30 pm

    CR9 1DG

  2. Hackney Empire — 10th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 15th Mar 2011 - 6:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 22nd Mar 2011 - 7:00 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  5. The Hawth, Crawley — 31st Mar 2011 - 7:00 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  6. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 5th Apr 2011 - 7:00 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 17th Apr 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP

  8. Norwich Theatre Royal — 21st Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  9. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 2nd May 2011 - 7:00 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  10. Buxton Opera House — 7th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  11. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 9th May 2011 - 7:00 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  12. Grand Opera House, Belfast — 25th May 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR

  13. Grand Opera House, Belfast — 25th May 2011 - 7:00 pm

    Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR

Timothy Carey

Timothy Carey

Conductor

Recent theatre performances include appearances at The London Coliseum in the presence of HRH Prince Andrew, The Hong Kong Arts Festival and a return visit to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu.

A devoted advocate of new music, he has collaborated with The Opera Group, Opera W11 and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on new operas by Edward Rushton, Julian Philips, Stuart Hancock, and Jonathan Dove.

Recent opera engagements have included assisting on The Queen of Spades (Opera North) and Salome (Singapore Lyric Opera).

Previously for ETO, he has conducted The Marriage of Figaro, La Clemenza di Tito, Don Pasquale, Fantastic Mr Fox also assisting on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Born in London, Timothy Carey studied the cello with Casals-pupil, Christopher Bunting in addition to the piano from a young age. He went on to study conducting with Prof. Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.

Tim Yealland

Tim Yealland

Director

Tim read English at Cambridge, then studied singing at the Guildhall and the Munich Hochschule . His performing career included roles in opera and theatre, including work for Opera Factory, Opera 80, ENO, ROH, Opera North and Chichester Festival. His passion for education has led him to devise and direct projects for all the main opera companies, and many others here and abroad. He has led the education work at ETO since 2003, bringing a particular commitment to integrating special and mainstream schools. He has created 3 community operas for ETO: One Breath (Sheffield), A House on the Moon (Wolverhampton) and One Day Two Dawns (Cornwall). He has also written the libretti for several operas for young people, including Voithia and In the Belly of the Horse.

Liam Steel

Liam Steel

Movement Director

Opera Direction: Country Matters; Gianni Schicchi; Magic Flute (ETO); The Marriage of Figaro (OHP); Orpheus in the Underworld (RCM); The Singing Circle (ROH).
Theatre Direction includes: Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre); Into the Woods (Delacorte Theatre, New York); Lord Of The Flies; Into the Woods (Olivier Award, Best Musical Revival); The Tempest (all Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Knots (CoisCeim Dance Theatre); Absolute Beginners (Lyric Hammersmith); Heavenly; Hymns; (Frantic Assembly); Oliver Twist; Tom’s Midnight Garden (Library Theatre).
Film: Liam was responsible for all the musical staging of the BAFTA and Oscar winning film of Les Misérables.

Neil Irish

Neil Irish

Designer

Born
Birmingham

Training
Birmingham University
Slade UCL
National Film & Television school

Opera
Productions for Opera Holland Park, Almedia/ENO Opera Festival, Mid Wales Opera, Opera Theatre Company Dublin, Garden Opera, ETO, Pegasus Opera and Opera North

Future
A new Opera to coincide with the Beijing Olympics at Hackney Empire, a UK tour of the play The Dresser, a new play for the Drill Hall and a production of The Shape of Things in Istanbul.

Other
Neil has also worked for both set and costume departments for BBC TV.

Cast

Nicholas Merryweather

Nicholas Merryweather

Mr Fox

Sheffield born, Nicholas Merryweather studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and on the opera course at GSMD. He was a recipient of the ETO Chris Ball Bursary in 2011 and the 2008 Glyndebourne Wessex Award. Nicholas’s operatic roles include Don Giovanni, Papageno The Magic Flute and Mozart’s Figaro (LFO); Don Polidoro The Italian Girl in London (Buxton Festival); Cassandro La Finta Semplice for Bampton Classical Opera; Blazes The Lighthouse, title role Fantastic Mr Fox, Marco Gianni Schicchi (ETO). Concert engagements include Bach with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Handel with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra.

Miriam Sharrad

Miriam Sharrad

Mrs Fox

Australian born Miriam trained at the Australian Opera Studio. She made her UK debut with the ETO as Marcellina in their 2010 production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Other operatic roles include Frog and Woodpecker/ The Cunning Little Vixen (GPO); Dinah/ Trouble in Tahiti (Grimeborn Festival); Meg/ Falstaff (International Foundation of Arts); 3rd Lady/ The Magic Flute, Dorabella/ Cosi fan tutti (both Australian Opera Studio). Recent concert engagements include the role of Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina for Scarlet Opera, solo recitals for Western Australia Opera and Vivaldi’s Gloria (Mirfield Choral Society). She has recorded the documentary soundtrack for The Actor and the President and an ABC Classic FM Broadcast, “Australian Opera Studio Sings Sondheim”.

Martha Jones

Martha Jones

Jennie Fox

Martha Jones’ current and future engagements include LISETTA Il mondo della Luna, MATILDA cover Ottone English Touring Opera, GOFFREDO Rinaldo Longborough Festival and 2nd WITCH Macbeth Scottish Opera.

Most recent engagements include NANCY Albert Herring English Touring Opera, COUNTESS CEPRANO Rigoletto Opéra-Théâtre Limoges, OLGA Eugene Onegin Southbank Sinfonia, EDITH (cover) Pirates of Penzance Scottish Opera, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder New English Ballet Theatre, Recital Showcase Wigmore Hall (with Malcolm Martineau and Sir Thomas Allen), St. John’s Smith Square and St. Barbabas, as well as a recording of Schubert Romanze BBC Philharmonic (cond. Paul Daniel).

Martha studied at Durham University, as well as with Janis Kelly at the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Whilst at the RCM she received the Baroness de Turckheim award, an MBF award, the Marjorie and Dorothy Whyte Memorial Award and a Susan Chilcott Scholarship. She was also supported in her studies by the Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund and the Josephine Baker Trust. Martha was a finalist in the Great Elm Vocal Award 2010, and she was awarded prizes in the RCM Schumann Competition and the Chelsea Schubert Festival.

Martha is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Samling Scholar and has given recitals at St John’s Smith Square, the National Portrait Gallery and for the Ryedale Festival with Christopher Glynn.

Abigail Kelly

Abigail Kelly

Pennie Fox

Having initially trained at Birmingham Conservatoire, Abigail completed her operatic studies at the RCS. Performances with ETO include Naiad Rusalka, Cobweb A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Despina Cosi fan tutte. As a recitalist Abigail has performed with Opera South Africa and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra as well as solo recitals at St John Smith Square and across the Caribbean. Abigail’s work includes roles in many children’s operas including the award winning Laika the Spacedog. Abigail is grateful to the Peter Moores Foundation, English Touring Opera and Chris Ball for bursaries to further her professional development.

Stuart Haycock

Stuart Haycock

Mole

Australian-born tenor Stuart Haycock studied in Sydney and RAM. Engagements include Goro Madame Butterfly (MWO/New Devon Opera), Bardolph Falstaff (MWO), Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro (Garsington), Borsa Rigoletto and Gastone La Traviata (Iford Arts Festival), Ferrando Così fan tutte (English Chamber Opera), Parpignol La Boheme (Longborough), Mole Fantastic Mr Fox, Giovanni D’aire L’assedio di Calais, Captain Simon Boccanegra, Lucano L’incoronazione di Poppea and Demus Jason (ETO), Triquet Eugene Onegin and Beppe Pagliacci (Stanley Hall Opera), St Brioche The Merry Widow (Opera Project). He has covered roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Wolfgang Rihm’s Jacob Lenz, Martinu’s Julietta and Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress for ENO.

Catrine Kirkman

Catrine Kirkman

Hedgehog

Catrine Kirkman graduated with a Masters from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and continues to study with Jessica Cash. Recent roles include Zerlina/ Don Giovanni (Focus Opera); Tebaldo/ Don Carlo (Midsummer Opera); Susanna/ Figaro, Papagena/ Magic Flute (both Opera Brava); Suor Genovieffa/ Suor Angelica (Midsummer Opera). Catrine performed the solo vocalise in a world premiere by Benjamin Ellin at the opening catwalk show of London Fashion Week 2010. She sings the role of Inn Hostess on the Naxos recording of Edward German’s Tom Jones, and plays the title role in forthcoming cinema release In Love with Alma Cogan (Capriol Films). Future engagements include the role of Laetitia (Sullivan’s The Zoo) for Charles Court Opera in Gettysburg, USA, in June. Catrine has previously appeared with ETO as Barbarina/ Figaro and Moth/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Greg Tassell

Greg Tassell

Badger

Greg studied at Exeter University and the RAM where he performed the roles of Essex/Gloriana, Wilhiem/Mignon and Lenski/Eugene Onegin. His other roles include Acis/Acis and Galatea (Canterbury); Rinuccio/Gianni Schicchi (City Opera, London). In 2007 he gave the premiere performance of Rodney-Bennett’s Lost Songs (London Guitar Festival). Concert performances include Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions; Stainer’s Crucifixion; Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.

Adam Tunnicliffe

Adam Tunnicliffe

Porcupine

Canadian tenor Adam Tunnicliffe read music at Christ Church, Oxford and studied as a postgraduate at GSMD. Roles with ETO include Sandy The Lighthouse, Albert Albert Herring, Lensky Eugene Onegin, Don Basilio The Marriage of Figaro, Mr. Porcupine Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Mask The Duenna, and Captain Promised End (Alexander Goehr, world premiere). Other roles include Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi at OHP, Fracasso La Finta Semplice, Apollonia La Canterina and Sumers in L’italiana in Londra for Bampton Classical Opera.

Caryl Hughes

Caryl Hughes

Rita Rat

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Papagena will be sung by Ms Caryl Hughes for the following performances: London (7 March), Truro (10 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (3 and 4 April), Leicester (7 April), Sheffield (11 April), York (15 April), Canterbury (22 April), Coventry (9 and 10 May), Exeter (14 and 15 May), Durham (19 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29-30 May).

Caryl was born in Wales and studied at the RAM. She was awarded the Towyn Roberts scholarship at the 2005 National Eisteddfod and won the Stuart Burrows competition in 2009. Engagements have included Cenerentola La Cenerentola (Iford Opera), Yniold Pelleas et Melisande (Independent Opera), Flora The Enchanted Pig (The Opera Group), Varvara Katya Kabanova, Cenerentola La Cenerentola (both Scottish Opera), Teti Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo and Orlovsky Die Fledermaus (WNO). She has recorded Britten’s Cabaret Songs with Malcolm Martineau. Concert highlights include a UK tour with Bryn Terfel (Raymond Gubbay).

Henry Grant Kerswell

Henry Grant Kerswell

Boggis

Henry trained at GSMD, the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and as a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Previous roles include Snug/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ETO, Opera de Bauge and BYO); Antonio/ Le Nozze di Figaro (ETO, BYO); Don Alfonso/ Cosi Fan Tutti (Grange Park Opera, Pimlico Opera); Superintendent Budd/ Albert Herring (Co-Opera Co, Dottore); Grenvil/ La Traviata (Opera de Bauge); covered and sang The Mikado/ The Mikado (Carl Rosa Opera, UK and US National Tours); Farmer Boggis/ Fantastic Mr Fox (Chamber Version World Premiere, OHP). Oratorios have included Haydn’s The Creation, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at venues including St. Martin’s in the Fields and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Future plans for 2011 include Perichaud/ La Rondine, Antonio/ Le Nozze di Figaro (OHP).

Mark Wilde

Mark Wilde

Bunce

Mark Wilde was born in Scotland and studied at the University of East Anglia and RCM.
He made his Glyndebourne debut as Ferrando Così fan tutte, and has since appeared with ENO, Glyndebourne on Tour, WNO, the European Opera Centre, Birmingham Opera, Garsington Opera, the Savoy Theatre Opera, and the Netherlands Opera. Previously with ETO, Mark has sung Tamino Die Zauberflöte, the title role La Clemenza di Tito, Farmer Bunce in Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Flavio, The Fairy Queen and the title role Albert Herring.
Mark is also a prominent concert singer, and has appeared with most of the UK’s and Europe’s major orchestras.
Engagements this season include Britten Spring Symphony in Ekaterinburg (Ural Philharmonic Orchestra), a Britten recital (Musica Sacra Maastricht) and Binet in Offenbach’s Vert Vert (Garsington Opera).

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Bean

Maciek studied History at UCL and voice at GSMD. Operatic engagements include: Don Giovanni Don Giovanni (Opera Up Close) Mr Fox Fantastic Mr Fox (Opera Holland Park), Crebillon/Rabonier La Rondine (OHP), Mars Orpheus in the Underworld (OHP), Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia (Hand Made Opera), Roger Ciboulette (University College Opera). Previous roles with ETO include: Korolev/Nikolai Laika the Spacedog, Zaretsky Eugene Onegin, Farmer Bean Fantastic Mr Fox, Dr Spinelloccio Gianni Schicchi, Theseus covered and played Midsummer Night’s Dream, First Priest & Second Armed Man covered and played Magic Flute, Gamekeeper Rusalka, Zuniga La tragedie de Carmen.

Fiona Kimm

Fiona Kimm

Agnes

Fiona trained at the RCM and NOS and was a recipient of the John Christie Award at Glyndebourne. Recent operatic engagements include Mrs Chin and Old Crone/ A Night at the Chinese Opera (SO); Jane’s Mother/ Snow White (Nationale Reisopera); Ma/ House of the Gods (Music Theatre Wales); Annina/ Der Rosenkavalier (Opera Zuid); Ulrica/ Un Ballo in Maschera (Canadian Opera Company); Mistress Quickly/ Falstaff (Garsington); Azucena/ Il Trovatore (Stowe Opera); Rosa Mamai/ L’Arlesiana (OHP). She was also Katharina Schratt/ Mayerling for the Royal Ballet on tour to Tokyo. Concert performances include work at the Concertgebouw, South Bank and Wigmore Hall. Recording and broadcast work includes In Flanders Fields (Quartz); L’Enfance Du Christ (Thames); Rusalka (BBC); Taverner (NMC); Greek (Decca). Fiona has previously performed Jezibaba/ Rusalka and Kabanicha/ Katya Kabanova with English Touring Opera. Future engagements include Governess/ The Queen of Spades (ON).

[Fantastic Mr Fox] held the attention of a near-capacity audience with a healthy quotient of children… Where the show does score is in Neil Irish’s inventive designs and Tim Yealland’s pantomime staging… The schoolkids playing fox cubs and trees are terrific.

The Guardian

This UK premiere features a fine cast and a striking, swirling, knotted wood… The costumes are equally colourful and the music and staging work hand-in-hand in distinguishing the ground-level human world and the subterranean foxes den.

The Stage

This production constitutes a great night out for all the family. Full marks to English Touring Opera for bringing something so fresh and life-affirming to a stage near you.

Opera Britannia

Picker’s music is cheerfully bouncey, brightly scored and instantly accessible, with some nice pastiche of a Broadway waltz and a klesmer band. Tim Yealland’s staging is equally lively and agreeable, and designer Neil Irish’s richly imaginative animal costumes are a picture-book delight.

The Telegraph

ETO’s production is colourful and inventive … The orchestra under conductor Timothy Carey also finds colour in the instrumental writing, where Picker is at his most interesting.

Financial Times

English Touring Opera’s take of this classic tale by Roald Dahl is funturgling, fizzsquizzing, fricklewickling to use the great author’s language. A brilliant and unforgettable production.

Glouchestershire Echo

Showing At

  1. Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
    18th Feb 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    10th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    15th Mar 2011 - 6:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd Mar 2011 - 7:00 pm
  5. The Hawth, Crawley
    31st Mar 2011 - 7:00 pm
  6. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    5th Apr 2011 - 7:00 pm
  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    17th Apr 2011 - 4:00 pm
  8. Norwich Theatre Royal
    21st Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  9. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    2nd May 2011 - 7:00 pm
  10. Buxton Opera House
    7th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  11. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    9th May 2011 - 7:00 pm
  12. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    25th May 2011 - 1:00 pm
  13. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    25th May 2011 - 7:00 pm

Your Comments

  1. Could someone from the ETO tell me how long the performance will be and whether there is an interval at Cheltenham on 5th April?

    Said Stephen Power at 10:20am on 19th Jan 2011

  2. The total running time is 1 hour and 35 minutes, including a 20 minute interval. (This will be the same at every venue.)

    Said Thalia (ETO) at 10:56am on 10th Feb 2011

  3. I took my son and his friend, it was our first time watching an opera and, indeed, it was my son's friend's first time at the theatre. I thought it was a very good introduction to opera especially since it was a well-known story and sung in English. The children were able to follow the story and understood what was happening. Thank you for a wonderful evening – we enjoyed it very much.

    Said Terry Fagan at 11:04am on 24th Feb 2011

  4. This looks like a really brilliant show that I would love to come and see for lots of reasons. Why are you only on in London for one night though? Will you be bringing the show back another time soon?

    Said Leo Wood at 11:01am on 6th Mar 2011

  5. Hi Leo, Fantastic Mr Fox opened in Croydon on 18 February and we are doing a second performance in Hackney this week (Thursday 10 March). As a touring company and in order to visit as many places as possible, we never stop for too long at any of the venues we tour to. It's too early to say whether we'll be bringing the show back; if you can't come to Hackney this time, then do sign up to our mailing list and we'll send you information about our future shows in London. Hope this helps!

    Said Andrea (ETO) at 15:28pm on 7th Mar 2011

  6. Hello - would the production be suitable for a mature 4 1/2 year old?

    Said Kate Elias at 11:39am on 14th Mar 2011

  7. Hi Kate, yes this production is suitable for children of that age. The story is easy to follow, the stage design and costumes are bright and colourful and the action is quite fast-paced and includes dance and puppetry as well. Lots of families with very young children attended the first two performances in London and the feedback they gave us and the performers was amazing. Do come and see it if you can!

    Said Andrea (ETO) at 14:16pm on 14th Mar 2011

  8. Saw this last night in Cambridge - it was a fantastic show and we all enjoyed it. It was the first opera performance that my 3 kids, (13, 11, 9), had seen and although they all enjoyed it found the fact that they couldn't follow the lyrics in opera as clearly as in a play or musical off putting. Would there be some way that the screens at the side of the stage could be used to show the lyrics, in the same way that West End musicals we have seen did. It may make them more inclined to want to watch operas again.

    Said Cathy Dutta at 09:17am on 16th Mar 2011

  9. Hi Cathy, great you enjoyed it and thanks for the comments. They are really useful. As you saw there are limited cartoon-like captions at the moment, but we will add far more captions of the lyrics for all our other performances.

    Said Andrea (ETO) at 12:08pm on 16th Mar 2011

  10. Saw this last night in Cambridge, really was fantastic! Great lyrics and music, especially 'Boggis, Bunce and Bean'! All the characters had great costumes and voices, and I really liked Mole and Badger's duo about digging. I especially like Bunce's song about geese, and when he was force feeding them corn!
    The staging was very good, and the ingenious turntable in the middle was an inspired idea.
    A good way to experience opera at an early age, please come back to Cambridge!

    Said Tom Last at 16:29pm on 16th Mar 2011

  11. Cant wait to do the opera im one of the fox cubs from St.Andrews school in Crawley!

    Said Elise Liley Riddle at 20:25pm on 18th Mar 2011

  12. I'm a fox cub too with my friend Elise and I am very excited and looking forward to wearing a bushy fox tail! :)

    Said Harry Simpson at 17:03pm on 21st Mar 2011

  13. Although it is a children’s show, I still found it was very adorable. The whole cast and crew created a fascinating woodland tale which the audience really enjoyed. The applause given at the end of the opera showed that. And I was one of them who were making the applause loudest!

    Said Laura Ma at 10:59am on 30th Mar 2011

  14. Being a fox cub on Thursday at the Hawth theatre was an amazing exerience I really want to do somthing like that again and PS I miss my Big, Bushy tail :( and please say thank u to Mr fox and Miss hedgehog 4 coming 2 my school (st andrews primary) and singing every1 loved it xxxxx :) :) :) :)xx

    Said Elise Liley - Riddle at 14:08pm on 2nd Apr 2011

  15. I was a fox cub - it was amazing, just outstanding! I so want to do it again, I was with Elise Liley Riddle ^^^^ and Harty Simpson. Thanks for letting us have this experience, it was amazing, I so want to do it again!

    Said Lauren Edwards at 10:08am on 14th Apr 2011

  16. Hi, I'm from Archbishop Benson School and I'm going to be in the show at Hall for Cornwall singing 2 songs as a tree with loads of my friends from year 4. Don't forget to see it, it's on this Monday!

    Said kaitlyn at 06:45am on 5th May 2011

  17. I was a fox cub with my friends at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton. It was brilliant!

    Said Joe Wood at 20:58pm on 10th May 2011

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