Composition by Gustav Holst
Libretto by Fritz B Hart
Produced by Irrational Theatre
The Prime Minister has had an Idea…
Discover the delight of this little known, theatrical operetta, which is undertaking its UK premiere this year.
The Prime Minister of this great and glorious country interrupts the wacky court of a rambling king and clown-faced queen to announce his great Idea, in a witty and surreal staging by Paula Chitty.
This early and tuneful composition by English composer Gustav Holst is an unexpected far throw from his best known orchestral suite, The Planets. Holst’s collaboration with Fritz B Hart, his 22-year-old contemporary at The Royal College of Music, fuses a sharp, witty and satirical libretto with Holst’s catchy tunes, inspired by Gilbert and Sullivan, and woven into a joyful new arrangement by Patrick Vincent.
Irrational Theatre specialises in the Best of British opera and plays – librettists, composers and playwrights.
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This is almost as much a discovery as a revival of a little-known collaboration between the 22-year-old Holst and his contemporary at the Royal College of Music, Fritz Hart, author of the piece’s sharp and satirical libretto… Paula Chitty’s direction of this unexpected piece is taut and witty, with John Stivey and Valeria Perboni doing that ongoing English dance of P.M. and H.M. with edge and deftness. ★★★★ London Theatre 1
Dates & Tickets
Wednesday 6 – Saturday 9 October 2021 at 7.30pm
Tickets: £16, £14 conc, suitable for 14+.
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The Idea by Gustav Holst and Fritz B Hart
Arrangement by Patrick Vincent
Direction and Designer by Paula Chitty
Dance gestures: Elizabeth George
Lighting Designer: Colin Watkeys
Stage Management: Kate Reynolds
Cast: Ross Hobson, Valeria Perboni, Simon Mulligan, Elena Hogg, John Stivey
Musicians: Laurie O’Brien, Patrick Vincent
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