|Title:||Die Fledermaus (The Bat) sung in English|
|Performed by:||Henfield Theatre Company|
|Time:||Wednesday, 18 May 2005, at 7:30pm|
|Place:||Henfield Hall, Henfield|
The sparkling and witty story of Die Fledermaus (The Bat!) is being presented in English by Henfield Theatre Company during the Brighton Festival period.
Mistaken identities, flirtations at a masked ball, elegant frivolities and confusion of all kinds provide an hilarious story with some of the most captivating music ever written. This is Johann Strauss II's most celebrated and popular work, intoxicatingly melodious and exuberant.
It is often called "The Champagne Operetta", and it does seem that in 19th century Vienna an awful lot of champagne was consumed. As an operetta it is part play, part musical - the Gilbert & Sullivan that followed have a similar style. This allows for plenty of comic acting as well as dressing up and big singing.
Staging, costumes and music all make huge demands, and the company's large cast and crew are busy rising to the occasion. "People will already know many of the melodies" says Nic Vine, company spokesman, "after all, Strauss is called the 'Waltz King' and he did write 'The Blue Danube' while he was a dance-band composer. We are having tremendous fun in rehearsals, and I guarantee our audiences will thoroughly enjoy the performances!"
|Tickets:||The show, directed by Richard Oswald with musical director Lesley Barnes, runs from 18th to 21st May at 7:30pm in Henfield Hall. Tickets priced £8 and £6 are available from the box office at Angela tel: 01273 493641.
The sponsor is local Henfield business Stevens Estate Agents.