After a long night in his favourite local, the less than sober Mr Brouček embarks on two fantastical journeys: first to the moon, where he disgusts the inhabitants with his beer-swilling and sausage-eating antics, and then to the middle of a revolution in 15th-century Prague, where he finds himself in a good deal of trouble...
By turns funny, surreal, tender and thrilling, his journey is full of larger than life characters and wonderful portraits and parodies – of artists, poets, soldiers, and the ordinary people of Janáček’s homeland.
Rarely presented in the UK, this is one of Janáček's most original works and the music is as varied as Brouček’s adventures – from the extra-terrestrial sounds of the moon to gorgeous orchestral interludes, bagpipes, an organ and stirringly patriotic Hussite hymns sung by a 40 strong chorus.
John Fulljames directs a superb cast including English tenor John Graham-Hall as Mr Brouček , Scottish contralto Frances McCafferty and celebrated Scottish baritone Donald Maxwell.
‘Witty and perceptive’ The Independent
**** The Guardian
Find out more about Janáček's music in the Financial Times.
The Adventures of Mr Brouček was performed at:
Theatre Royal Glasgow
Thu 8 Apr 2010
Sat 10 Apr 2010
Mr Brouček Unwrapped - Fri 9 Apr 2010
Festival Theatre Edinburgh
Wed 14 Apr 2010
Fri 16 Apr 2010
Mr Brouček Unwrapped - Thu 15 Apr 2010
Production supported bySung in English with English supertitles Running time approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes