Tosca

Giacomo Puccini - Spring 2017

Puccini’s visceral depiction of love and power in the midst of political terror.

Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Director 
Blanche McIntyre
Designer 
Florence de Maré
Lighting Designer 
Mark Howland

Puccini’s visceral depiction of love and power in the midst of political terror, is directed by award-winning Blanche McIntyre, new to opera but fresh from some revelatory work in the theatre. A trio of powerful UK artists are lined up for the diva, the artist and the chief of police, so it is sure to be a night of passion.

A new production. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Running time: approx. 2 hours and 25 minutes (inc. interval)

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    4th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    9th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    18th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    21st Mar 2017 - 7:45 pm
  5. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    25th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    30th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    1st Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  8. York Theatre Royal
    8th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  9. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    11th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  10. Curve, Leicester
    13th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    19th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  12. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    22nd Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    25th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  14. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    28th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  15. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  16. G Live Guildford
    2nd May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  17. Buxton Opera House
    4th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  18. Buxton Opera House
    5th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  19. Warwick Arts Centre
    9th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  20. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    13th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  21. Gala Theatre, Durham
    16th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  22. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    18th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  23. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  24. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    26th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  25. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    27th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  26. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    29th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  27. Norwich Theatre Royal
    1st Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  28. Norwich Theatre Royal
    2nd Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  29. Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
    5th Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  30. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    7th Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  31. Grand Theatre Blackpool
    10th Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  1. Hackney Empire — 4th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 9th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Lighthouse, Poole — 18th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 21st Mar 2017 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  5. Churchill Theatre, Bromley — 25th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm

    High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HA

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 30th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 1st Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

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

  8. York Theatre Royal — 8th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

  9. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 11th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  10. Curve, Leicester — 13th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 19th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  12. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 22nd Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 25th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

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

  14. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 28th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

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

  15. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 29th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

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

  16. G Live Guildford — 2nd May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA

  17. Buxton Opera House — 4th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  18. Buxton Opera House — 5th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  19. Warwick Arts Centre — 9th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  20. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 13th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  21. Gala Theatre, Durham — 16th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

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

  22. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 18th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  23. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 23rd May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  24. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 26th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  25. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 27th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  26. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 29th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  27. Norwich Theatre Royal — 1st Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  28. Norwich Theatre Royal — 2nd Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  29. Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent — 5th Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1AP

  30. Coronation Hall, Ulverston — 7th Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm

    County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ

  31. Grand Theatre Blackpool — 10th Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm

    33 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT

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.

Blanche McIntyre

Blanche McIntyre

Director

Florence de Maré

Florence de Maré

Designer

Mark Howland

Mark Howland

Lighting Designer

Cast

Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell

Tosca

Ms Laura Mitchell will sing the role of Tosca on 9 March (London), 25 March (Bromley), 30 March & 1 April (Snape), 8 April (York), 11 April (Wolverhampton), 13 April (Leicester), 22 April (Cheltenham), 25 & 29 April (Cambridge), 2 May (Guildford), 5 May (Buxton), 9 May (Coventry), 13 (Canterbury), 27 May (Exeter), 29 May (Truro), 2 June (Norwich), 5 June (Stoke) and 10 June (Blackpool).

Born in Hertfordshire, Laura studied at the Royal College of Music where she gained a first-class honours degree and postgraduate diploma. She then joined the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, studying with Lillian Watson. In 2007, she won the Song prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Lies Askonas Prize. Laura attended the National Opera Studio during the 2007/08 season.

While at the NOS, Laura took part in residencies at WNO, Scottish Opera, Theatre Royal and Opera North, singing Illia/Idomeneo, Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Leila/The Pearlfishers. Other operatic roles include Countess Almaviva/Le nozze di Figaro and Elisa/Tolomeo for BBIOS, Aldimira in Cavalli ‘s Erismena, First Witch/Dido and Aeneas, Ninfa and Proserpina/Orfeo (cover), all for English Touring Opera. More recently, she appeared at Scottish Opera in Smetana’s Two Widows, covering the role of Lidka.

Concert work includes Tippett’s Spirituals and Rutter’s Requiem at St.John Smith Square, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras no 5 with the Emerald Ensemble at Bristol Cathedral, Bach’s B Minor Mass at St John Smith Square, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Sir David Willcocks, Handel’s Messiah at Kings College Cambridge with Stephen Cleobury,Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the London Pro Arte Orchestra in Denmark and Strauss’ Four Last Songs at the Hatfield Auditorium, conducted by Peter Stark.

In 2007/08, Laura sang Bach’s St. John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Padmore at the QEH in London, which was followed by a tour through South Korea and Japan.
As a recitalist she has performed at the Teatro dei Rozzi Siena, the St.Peters Basilica Rome as well as the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St.James’ Piccadilly, and the Windsor, Chester and Beaumaris Festivals.
She has taken part in master classes with Robin Stapleton (Amici di Verdi) and with Roger Vignoles at the Leeds Lieder Festival.

Her most recent appearances include Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Royal Festival Hall with Mark Padmore and the OAE, recitals for the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Ismene/Mitridate for WNO with Sir Charles Mackkeras, Gilda/Rigoletto for the Grange Park Opera ‘Rising Stars’ series and ‘Messiah’ concerts with John Nelson and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

Future engagments include Helena and Countess Almaviva for ETO, Donna Elvira at Opera Holland Park and Kristina/The Makropoulos Case at ENO.

Laura gratefully receives the support of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust for their Funding and Recital scheme, the Concordia Foundation for the Barthel Prize, the Wingate Scholarship, the Zetland Foundation, and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Paula Sides

Paula Sides

Tosca

Ms Paula Sides will sing the role of Tosca on 4 March (London), 18 March (Poole), 21 March (Sheffield), 8 April (York), 11 April (Wolverhampton), 13 April (Leicester), 19 April (Cheltenham), 28 April (Cambridge), 4 May (Buxton), 16 May (Durham), 18 May (Perth), 23 & 26 May (Exeter), 1 June (Norwich) and 7 June (Ulverston).

Paula received the Tagor Gold Medal from the RCM and the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Competition. At RCM, she was a finalist for the Young Concert Artists Trust and received the Coutts & Co. Award along with the Sir Thomas Allen Scholarship supported by a Clayton Award. Operatic roles include Norina/ Don Pasquale, Gilda/ Rigoletto (Preggio Opera Festival, Italy); Atalanta/ Atalanta (Handel Society); Bastienne/ Bastien und Bastienne (Skipton Camerata); Mimi/ La bohème, Inez/ Il trovatore (both Opus I Opera); Grasshopper/ The Cunning Little Vixen (RCM). Covers include Governess/ Turn of the Screw (Opera North). Concert engagements include Mozart Unwrapped (King’s Place with Roger Vignoles November 2011), City of Dreams (Philharmonia Orchestra concert series 2009); City Music Society series (Eric Falk Trust Award). Paula has also recorded a Peroni advert soundtrack. Previously for ETO, Paula has performed the roles of Pamina/ The Magic Flute, Clizia/ Teseo, Emilia/ Flavio, Susanna/ Figaro.
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Alexander James Edwards

Alexander James Edwards

Cavaradossi

Mr Alexander James Edwards will sing the role of Cavaradossi on 4 & 9 March (London), 21 March (Sheffield), 25 March (Bromley), 30 March (Snape), 13 April (Leicester), 22 April (Cheltenham), 25 & 29 April (Cambridge), 4 May (Buxton), 23 & 26 May (Exeter) 2 June (Norwich), 5 June (Stoke), 7 June (Ulverston) and 10 June (Blackpool).

Samuel Sakker

Samuel Sakker

Cavaradossi

Mr Samuel Sakker will sing the role of Cavaradossi on 18 March (Poole), 1 April (Snape), 8 April (York), 11 April (Wolverhampton), 19 April (Cheltenham), 28 April (Cambridge), 2 May (Guildford), 5 May (Buxton), 9 May (Coventry), 13 (Canterbury), 16 May (Durham), 18 May (Perth), 27 May (Exeter), 29 May (Truro) and 1 June (Norwich).

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Scarpia

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)

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Scarpia

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).

Timothy Connor

Timothy Connor

Angelotti

Matthew Stiff

Matthew Stiff

Sacristan

Aled Hall

Aled Hall

Spoletta

The English Touring Opera’s new Tosca, which begins its three-month national tour at the Hackney Empire, is an accomplished first operatic outing for theatre director Blanche McIntyre.

The Stage ★★★★

…it’s in Michael Rosewell’s perceptive conducting and the alert playing of ETO’s orchestra that Puccini’s melodrama comes alive.

Guardian

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    4th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    9th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    18th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    21st Mar 2017 - 7:45 pm
  5. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    25th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    30th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    1st Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  8. York Theatre Royal
    8th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  9. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    11th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  10. Curve, Leicester
    13th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    19th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  12. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    22nd Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    25th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  14. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    28th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  15. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  16. G Live Guildford
    2nd May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  17. Buxton Opera House
    4th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  18. Buxton Opera House
    5th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  19. Warwick Arts Centre
    9th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  20. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    13th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  21. Gala Theatre, Durham
    16th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  22. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    18th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  23. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  24. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    26th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  25. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    27th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  26. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    29th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  27. Norwich Theatre Royal
    1st Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  28. Norwich Theatre Royal
    2nd Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  29. Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
    5th Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  30. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    7th Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm
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  31. Grand Theatre Blackpool
    10th Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm
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Your Comments

  1. Saw your production of Tosca in Poole on Saturday. Tosca's understudy was excellent - what is her name?

    Thanks

    Said D J Zimmer at 17:20pm on 20th Mar 2017

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