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Il tabarro & Gianni Schicchi

Giacomo Puccini - Spring 2018

Puccini’s double bill is back by popular demand

Director (Il tabarro) 
James Conway
Director (Gianni Schicchi) 
Liam Steel
Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Designer 
Neil Irish

Ensemble work doesn’t get tighter than this

Independent on Sunday
★★★★★ The Independent
★★★★★ Sunday Express
★★★★ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ The Times

Puccini’s one-act operas Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi could hardly be more different: one is a moody romance ending in a grotesque murder on a barge in Paris, and the other is a sparkling comedy about a family inheritance in Florence. First performed in 2011 to great critical acclaim, this double bill shows Puccini at his finest as a master of the theatre that speaks to the heart.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    2nd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    14th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    17th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  4. Storyhouse, Chester
    21st Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  5. Buxton Opera House
    24th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    18th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    19th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    26th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    27th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  11. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    1st May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  12. Norwich Theatre Royal
    5th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  13. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    9th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  14. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    12th May 2018 - 7:45 pm
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  15. Gala Theatre, Durham
    15th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  16. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  17. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  18. Curve, Leicester
    30th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  19. York Theatre Royal
    2nd Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  1. Hackney Empire — 2nd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 14th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  3. Lighthouse, Poole — 17th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  4. Storyhouse, Chester — 21st Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

  5. Buxton Opera House — 24th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 14th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 18th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 19th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 26th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 27th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  11. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 1st May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  12. Norwich Theatre Royal — 5th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  13. Churchill Theatre, Bromley — 9th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HA

  14. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 12th May 2018 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  15. Gala Theatre, Durham — 15th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  16. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 24th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  17. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 25th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  18. Curve, Leicester — 30th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  19. York Theatre Royal — 2nd Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

James Conway

James Conway

Director (Il tabarro)

General Director of ETO, James Conway has directed 24 new productions and 4 revivals for the company, including Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais (to be revived in 2015), Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena and Handel’s Alcina, Ariodante, Teseo, Tolomeo, Flavio, Xerxes and Agrippina. Other notable ETO productions include Eugene Onegin, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Simon Boccanegra, The Emperor of Atlantis and the world première of Alexander Goehr’s Promised End. For RCM he directed L’incoronazione di Poppea and Le nozze di Figaro, and for the Canadian Opera Company Don Giovanni. His production of The Cunning Little Vixen is in repertory at the Moravian National Theatre in Janacek’s home city of Brno. He has written original libretti for 2 operas and translations for 5 others, as well as several works of fiction; his most recent translation was last season’s Agrippina. Upcoming productions include Giulio Cesare (Lucca) and Ottone (ETO).

Liam Steel

Liam Steel

Director (Gianni Schicchi)

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.

Michael Rosewell

Michael Rosewell

Conductor

Michael began his career at the Vienna State Opera as a member of the music staff and assistant to Claudio Abbado. Having worked closely with many of the world’s greatest singers including Pavarotti, Domingo, Gruberova, Freni, Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, and Cappuccilli, he went on to conduct extensively throughout Germany; notably the opera houses in Kassel, Wiesbaden and the Nationaltheater, Mannheim, where he held the position of Kapellmeister. He has also conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Kent Opera, ENO, and regularly at the International Festivals in Aldeburgh, Bath, Perth, Buxton and Montepulciano.

In concert Michael has conducted amongst others, the Staatsorchester, Rheinische Philharmonie, the Nationalorchester, Mannheim, the Staatsorchester, Wiesbaden, the Pforztheimer Kammerorchester, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the BT Scottish Ensemble and the Aurora Orchestra. He has also worked extensively with leading period instrument ensemble ‘The London Handel Orchestra’ with which, as ‘Associate Conductor’, he introduced many rarely performed Handel operas to the London stage. He has broadcast for Radio France Musique, RTE Dublin and Süddeutsche Rundfunk. His recording of Lehar arias, with Grammy award winning tenor Alfie Boe and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera was recently re-released under the Decca record label.

Recent projects include mentoring Craig Revel Horwood through to winning the BBC Maestro at the Opera, filmed in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to conducting a Bach’s St John Passion with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, Dublin. His most recent performances with ETO included Michael Tippett’s King Priam at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; a production which won the Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’, 2014.

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

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Gianni Schicchi

Mr Andrew Slater will sing the role of Scarpia on 30 March (Snape), 25 April (Cambridge), 3 May (Buxton), 16 May (Durham), 23 May (Exeter) and 29 May (Truro).

Andrew studied at Royal Northern College of Music and St Petersburg Conservatoire. He has performed more than 75 opera roles including Lotario, Ariodate, Falstaff, Bottom, Bartolo, Blitch, Alfonso, Donald and Araspe (All ETO); Ben Selim (Royal Opera House), Nachtigal (Grange Park Opera), Golaud (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Faninal (Scottish Opera), Basilio (Welsh National Opera), Sacristan (Opera North), Colline (English National Opera) etc.

Recordings include Nyman, Love Counts and Mozart 252 (MNR); Michael Berkeley, Jane Eyre (Chandos); Stravinsky, The Flood (Twentieth Century Classics).

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Michelle (tab)

Mr Craig Smith will sing the role of Scarpia on 4 & 9 March (London), 18 March (Poole), 21 March (Sheffield), 25 March (Bromley), 1 April (Snape), 8 April (York), 11 April (Wolverhampton), 13 April (Leicester), 19 & 22 April (Cheltenham), 28 & 29 April (Cambridge), 2 May (Guildford), 5 May (Buxton), 9 May (Coventry), 13 May (Canterbury), 18 May (Perth), 26 & 27 May (Exeter), 1 & 2 June (Norwich). 5 June (Stoke), 7 June (Ulverston) and 10 June (Blackpool).

Born Bolton
Training Manchester University, RNCM
Awards Ricordi Prize for Opera
Opera Ford Falstaff (ETO), Michele/Tonio Tabarro/Pagliacci (ON), Nabucco (ENO & Bucharest), Rigoletto (Tokyo), Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Theater an der Wien & Covent Garden), Germont La Traviata (ENO & St. Margarethen Festival)
Concert Handel Messiah (Liverpool Philharmonic), Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Tchaikovsky Maid of Orleans (BBC Philharmonic)
Recordings Martin In Terra Pax (Swiss Radio), Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Oehms Classics)

Sarah-Jane Lewis

Sarah-Jane Lewis

Giorgetta (tab)

Luciano Botelho

Luciano Botelho

Young Lover (tab) | Rinuccio (GS)

Born
Brazil

Training
Cardiff International Academy of Voice; GSMD; University of Rio de Janeiro

Opera
Tamino Zauberflöte (Teatro Amazonas/TMRJ); Don Otavio Don Giovanni (Teatro Amazonas); Le Comte Ory Le comte Ory (Nantes/Angers); Giannetto La Gazza ladra (Massy); Don Ramiro La Cenerentola (Belgrade National Theatre); Il conte d’Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Teatro Amazonas) Nemorino L’Elisir d’Amore (TMRJ); Fenton Faltaff (Palácio das Artes/GSMD); Fadinard Il Cappelo di Paglia di Firenze (TMSP); Orfeo Orfeo (TMRJ/TMSP); Tebaldo I Capuleti ei Montecchi (TMRJ); Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi (GSMD) Nadir Les Pecheurs des Perles (TMRJ)

Concerts
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Teatro Amazonas); Britten Les illuminations (Teatro Amazonas); Rossini Stabat Mater (Ravenna); Mozart Requiem (TMRJ) Carl Orff Carmina Burana (TMRJ) Bach Magnificat (Sala Cecilia Meirelles)

Recordings
Gianni Schicchi (Radio Cultura SP); Stabat Mater (RAI 3) Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (Radio cultura SP)

Bradley Travis

Bradley Travis

Young Lover (tab) | Betto (GS)

Bradley Travis studied at RNCM and RCM International Opera School. At RCMIOS roles: Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Don Iñigo Gomez L’heure espagnole and Lord Ellington La vie Parisienne. Other engagements: Minos Arianna in Creta and Argenio Imeneo (LHF). Won Basil A Turner Award for Count Robinson The Secret Marriage (British Youth Opera). For Garsington Opera he won the Leonard Ingrams and Helen Clarke Awards, covered Harašta The Cunning Little Vixen and Traveller Death in Venice. Debut Opera North as Figaro. Lesbus Agrippina (Iford Festival). Future plans include Masetto Don Giovanni with Classical Opera Company.

Galina Averina

Galina Averina

Young Lover (tab) | Lauretta (GS)

Galina Averina studied vocal performance in Russian University of Theatre Arts in Moscow. Laureate of international contests, she has participated in performances in France, Ireland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Latvia and England.

Her roles have included Brigitta in Iolanta (Tchaykovsky), Frascita in Carmen (Bizet) and Ksenia in Boris Godunov (Musorgsky). In July 2013 she sang Despina in Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) on Dubrovnik Summer Festival (director – Sally Burgess, conductor -Oliver Gilmour).

Participated in Les Azuriales Russian Festival in Nice (April 2013) and Les Azuriales Young Artist’s Competition and Masterclass (August 2013), where won Haidee Saretski Prize.

Andrew Glover

Andrew Glover

Tinca (tab) | Gherardo (GS)

Andrew was born in New Zealand and graduated the Australian Opera Studio with Honours and the Dux award for excellence.

Recent appearances have included Tinca, Il tabarro, Gherardo, Gianni Schicchi and cover Bunce, Fantastic Mr Fox (all ETO); Bardolfo, Falstaff, Abdallo, Nabucco (both IFAC Tokyo); Tito, La clemenza di Tito, Msr Triquet, Eugene Onegin (both New Zealand Opera); Remendado, Carmen, Un Voce, La Gioconda (both Opera Holland Park); Don Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro (Vignette Productions).

He has appeared in numerous concerts and recitals with ensembles including the Tokyo New Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Perth Orchestra, the Australian Opera Studio, the NBR NZ Opera Company.

Future engagements include Vašek, The Bartered Bride.

Ashley Mercer

Ashley Mercer

Stevedore (tab) | Witness (GS)

Ashley’s interest in singing began at school where he was a member of the chapel choir and performed in productions of Bugsy Malone and Guys and Dolls (the latter as Nicely-nicely Johnson – his first, and last, appearance as a tenor!) and he went on to join the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, performing and recording across the UK. On arriving at King’s College London to study physics, he found a natural home in the chapel choir under David Trendell, with whom he recorded for Gaudeamus and broadcast on BBC Radio 3; and also as a performer, director and conductor of Gilbert & Sullivan and musical theatre. A brief stint in the City followed before he decided to return to study singing formally, and he recently graduated with distinction from the Masters programme at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he was a TCM Trust Scholar and a Kathleen Roberts scholar, and was awarded the Paul Simm Opera Prize. He was a Christine Collins Young Artist for Opera Holland Park and recently made his main stage debut for Wexford Festival Opera.

Recent and future opera engagements include Badger and Parson (The Cunning Little Vixen) for British Youth Opera; Ernest Shackleton (Shackleton’s Cat), and covering both Colline and Alcindoro (La bohème) for English Touring Opera; German Soldier (Silent Night, European premiere) and Usher (Trial by Jury) for Wexford Festival Opera; Publio (La clemenza di Tito) for Midsummer Opera; Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld) for Trinity Laban; Dr Craven (McNeff’s The Secret Garden) for Trinty Laban and The Banff Centre, Canada.

Timothy Dawkins

Timothy Dawkins

Talpa (tab) | Simone (GS)

Dominic Walsh

Dominic Walsh

Ballad Singer / Stevedore (tab) | Ser Amantio / body of Buoso (GS)

Clarissa Meek

Clarissa Meek

La Frugola (tab) | Zita (GS)

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Second Lady will be sung by Ms Clarissa Meek for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (29 May).

Clarissa studied at GSMD. Opera: 2nd Lady Magic Flute; 2nd Esquire, Heavenly Voice Parsifal (ROH) Katerina Shratt Mayerling (Royal Ballet, ROH), Virtu/Pallade Coronation of Poppea (Netherlands Opera), Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Les Noces, 2nd Maid Elektra (ON); Iolanthe (title role), Annie Fisher Friend of the People (SO); Madam Larina Onegin (Glyndeboume); Mrs Grose Turn of the Screw (Grange Park); Dog-Fox Cunning Little Vixen, Frugola Il Tabarro, Zita Gianni Schicchi, Mrs Herring Albert Herring (ETO). Concert: Les Nuits d’Ete Flanders Symphony Orchestra, touring Belgium; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Bamberger Symphoniker under Walter Weller; Elijah RSNO. Recording: Feodor Boris Godunov Brighton Festival.

Ed Ballard

Ed Ballard

Stevedore (tab) | Marco (GS)

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Stevedore (tab) | Maestro Spinelloccio (GS)

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.

Charne Rochford

Charne Rochford

Luigi (tab)

Charne was born in London and trained at RAM. Roles include Eisenstein (RPO), Cavaradossi (Bermuda Festival), 1st Armed Man/ 2nd Priest (Glyndebourne/ON), Rodolpho (Lyric Opera, Dublin), Bacchus (Strauss Festival, London), Il Duca di Mantua (Neumunster Abbey, Luxembourg) Previously for ETO he has sung both Luigi Il tabarro and Adorno Simon Boccanegra. Recent concert work includes Glass’ Satyagraha for the Blickfelder Festival, Switzerland and a series of Verdi’s Requiem at Victoria Hall, Geneva and at Lausanne Cathedral. He made his cinematic debut as 2nd Officer in The Magic Flute, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Future engagements Rossini Stabat Mater at Exeter Cathedral, Canio I Pagliacci for Opera de Baugé and Lyonel Martha for the Volksoper Zürich.

Joanna Marie Skillett

Joanna Marie Skillett

Nella (GS)

Reviews from spring 2011

★★★★★ The Independent
★★★★★ Sunday Express
★★★★ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ The Times

English Touring Opera are on the road again, and as their Puccini double-bill demonstrates, are on top form. James Conway’s direction gives the plot a seamless inexorability, and the murderous denouement is as spine-tingling as I have ever known it in this short masterpiece.

Independent

A joy from the first bars

The Sunday Express

A punchy double bill… this is high-quality farce delivered with unflagging energy

The Times

Ensemble work doesn’t get any tighter than this, and the orchestra sounds divine

Independent on Sunday

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    2nd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    14th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    17th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  4. Storyhouse, Chester
    21st Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  5. Buxton Opera House
    24th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  7. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    18th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    19th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    26th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    27th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  11. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    1st May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  12. Norwich Theatre Royal
    5th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  13. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    9th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  14. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    12th May 2018 - 7:45 pm
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  15. Gala Theatre, Durham
    15th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  16. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  17. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  18. Curve, Leicester
    30th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  19. York Theatre Royal
    2nd Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
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