The Moderate Soprano

The two great passions in John Christie’s life were opera and a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay, with whom he was completely smitten. Together with his formidable drive, they fuelled what many first saw as a monumental folly in the South Downs. Glyndebourne was triumphantly born amidst stiff manhattans, rolling lawns and the sound of sheep from across the HaHa. It was to become revered the world over.

Such was the scale of the enterprise that love alone was not enough. When a famous violinist was fogged in overnight in Eastbourne, Christie first heard of a group of refugees for whom life in Nazi Germany had become impossible. Perhaps they could help deliver Christie’s vision of the sublime – assuming of course they would be willing to cast Audrey as the leading light.

David Hare’s new play, first seen at Hampstead Theatre, is the story of an intense love affair and the unrelenting search for artistic excellence in the face of searing scrutiny, sacrifice and the impending Second World War.

Schedule

Running Time: Two hours and 30 minutes

Duke of York's Theatre

(London, )
(Leicester Square) St. Martin's Lane
London,
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by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2018
Audiences have just five weeks left to see David Hare's critically acclaimed new play The Moderate Soprano, about the love story at the heart of the foundation of Glyndebourne, directed by Jeremy Herrin and starring Olivier Award winners Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll. The production enters its final weeks at the Duke of York's Theatre where it must end a strictly limited season on Saturday 30 June.
by Charlie Wilks - April 13, 2018
After its momentous success at the Hampstead Theatre, David Hare's sweet love story transfers to the West End. Centring on the formation of the worldly revered Glyndebourne, the play reveals the two great passions of John Christie: the opera, and his beautiful wife, Audrey Mildmay.
by Rona Kelly - April 6, 2018
Earlier this week, we spoke to Nancy Carroll about The Moderate Soprano's return to the London stage after two years. Continuing our interview series, director Jeremy Herrin reveals how the world of the play has changed in that time, and how the world outside of the play has too.
by Rona Kelly - April 4, 2018
The Moderate Soprano opens in the West End this week, two years after the production's run at Hampstead Theatre. David Hare's play tells the story of the passion and the people behind Glyndebourne, including the soprano herself: Audrey Mildmay. In this two part series, we speak to the cast and creative behind the production. Taking on the titular role, Nancy Carroll shares her thoughts on returning to the production and the role after two years.
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