Jonathan Dove

Flight

Production originates from Investec Opera Holland Park

Supported by Dunard Fund

Theatre Royal

Glasgow

Sat 17 Feb to Sat 24 Feb

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Festival Theatre

Edinburgh

Thu 1 Mar to Sat 3 Mar

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Jonathan Dove’s life-affirming comedy flies north for its Scottish Opera premiere. This unanimously acclaimed production is reimagined by director Stephen Barlow and the 2015 creative team with all the feel-good flair that garnered them rave reviews.

Inspired by the story of a refugee who was stranded for years in Paris Charles de Gaulle, Flight tells the tale of a group of total strangers stuck in an airport during an electrical storm. Thrown together, their lives and relationships soon start to unravel but then some surprising alliances are formed, and some unexpected discoveries made…

Flight is that most rare bird – a modern opera that tingles with melody and optimism from the get-go and reminds us that, although turbulence inevitably lies ahead, ultimately the future is shining.’ Stephen Barlow

Dove’s vividly inventive score channels a wide range of influences into his own distinctive style – from the fast-paced brilliance of Rossini to Mozart, Ravel and Bernstein. The superb ensemble cast includes Jennifer France (Ariodante 2016), Victoria Simmonds and James Laing, all reprising their highly-praised roles from the Opera Holland Park production, Stephanie Corley (Inés de Castro 2015), Graeme Broadbent and Marie McLaughlin (The Marriage of Figaro 2016). Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts.

Sung in English with English supertitles

Running time approx. 2 hours 30 mins

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Cast & Creative Team

Refugee
James Laing

Controller
Jennifer France

Bill
Peter Auty

Tina
Stephanie Corley

Older Woman
Marie McLaughlin

Stewardess
Sioned Gwen Davies

Steward
Jonathan McGovern

Minskman
Stephen Gadd

Minskwoman
Victoria Simmonds

Immigration Officer
Dingle Yandell

Conductor
Stuart Stratford

Director
Stephen Barlow

Set & Costume Designer
Andrew Riley

Lighting Designer
Richard Howell

Projection Designer
Jack Henry James

Movement Director
Sam Spencer Lane

 

 

Theatre Royal Glasgow
17 • 21 • 24 Feb 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
1 • 3 Mar 7.15pm

 

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Sat 3 Mar, 6pm

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Sat 3 Mar, 7.15pm

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