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Belle Helene, La (Dunn) Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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The second - and equally famous - of Offenbach’s highly diverting satires on a well-known legend. The action takes place (without any regard for credibility) in unspecified ancient times in a unlikely ancient Greece, and concerns the abduction of the fair Helen by the Prince of Troy - aided and abetted by a wily oracle-worker, who outwits Helen’s much deceived husband and an assortment of royal Grecian heroes. The score includes some of Offenbach’s best-loved melodies.

Belle Hélène, La (Park/Hanmer) Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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The second - and equally famous - of Offenbach’s highly diverting satires on a well-known legend. The action takes place (without any regard for credibility) in unspecified ancient times in a unlikely ancient Greece, and concerns the abduction of the fair Helen by the Prince of Troy - aided and abetted by a wily oracle-worker, who outwits Helen’s much deceived husband and an assortment of royal Grecian heroes. The score includes some of Offenbach’s best-loved melodies.

Christopher Columbus Fantasy/Adventure View Details Compare
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Weaving together music from lesser-known Offenbach operettas and much of the music he had intended for a work for America, this opera tells the story of polygamist Columbus, who accidentally becomes involved in an expedition to America, funded by the loaned jewels of Queen Isabella of Spain. Accompanied by his three ex-wives, Columbus proves to be susceptible to sea-sickness, and is eventually cast adrift. On arrival in the New World, however, the crew discover that Columbus has already arrived, married an Indian Princess, and discovered the cola nut.

Grand Duchess, The Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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One of a series of great Offenbach operettas, this is the hilarious tale of a sultry grande Dame who rules the tiny Duchy of Gerolstein. Having a keen eye for attractive young men, she promotes a certain Private Fritz to the rank of General in no time at all. But Fritz has a fiancée, and ideas of his own - and in the end the Grand Duchess has to settle for the absurdly foppish, but politically expedient, Prince Paul.

Colourful and amusing characters, lots of comedy, and irresistible music.

Orpheus In The Underworld Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure View Details Compare
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Thebes, ancient Greece. Eurydice is having an affair with the shepherd boy Aristaeus, and she is busy decorating Aristaeus’ cottage when her husband, Orpheus, appears. She tells him she loves Aristaeus, and that she cannot stand Orpheus’ fiddle-playing. Orpheus, bored of marriage, would love to relinquish Eurydice, but Public Opinion would not allow it. Following Aristaeus into a cornfield, Eurydice suffers a snake bite, and Aristaeus turns into his real self: Pluto, Lord of Hades. Eurydice dies but Pluto brings her briefly back to life so she can leave a farewell note for Orpheus. Pluto takes her down to his underworld realm. Orpheus is pleased to be rid of his wife, but Public Opinion demands that Orpheus go down to Hades to get Eurydice back. On Mount Olympus, Mercury, messenger of the gods, arrives to tell of the news of Eurydice’s death. Orpheus enters with Public Opinion, who wants to ensure that Orpheus does the honourable thing - ask Jupiter to restore his wife to him. When Orpheus and the gods arrive in Hades, Pluto’s gaoler Styx locks Eurydice in a back room. As there is no sign of her, Jupiter puts the abduction question before a tribunal. What he really wants, though, is to have the beautiful Eurydice for himself. Eurydice attends a party disguised as a follower of Bacchus, god of wine, but Pluto realises who she is and blocks Jupiter’s path when he tries to make off with her. Jupiter tells Orpheus he can take his wife away, but only if he does not look back at her as they go. Orpheus fails this test, and Pluto claims Eurydice. Jupiter, however, takes her away by announcing that he is turning her into a real bacchante. Everyone, except Pluto and Public Opinion, is delighted and the Can-Can is again danced by all the gods and goddesses.

Orpheus In The Underworld (adapted Park/Hanmer) Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure View Details Compare
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The first of Offenbach’s outrageously funny ‘send-ups’ of Greek mythology, this is an unashamedly Gallic version of the legend of Orpheus’s pursuit of his wife Eurydice, who is carried off to Hades by Pluto - much to the annoyance of Jupiter. A highly disrespectful romp, it involves nymphs, shepherds, gods and goddesses, with the fun reaching its climax in the riotous revels of the celebrated Can-Can. A lively and highly enjoyable show for both performers and audience, with many world-famous tunes.

Perichole, La (adapted Park/Hanmer) Comedy/Satire; Romance View Details Compare
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The setting is Lima, the capital of Peru in the 1750s when Peru was a Spanish dominion. To suit the whim of the Viceroy - a great man for the ladies - an attractive street-singer (La Périchole) is brought to court and made a Countess by the simple expedient of marrying her to a newly-titled ‘Count’ who is really her street-singer partner and lover. Good comedy character parts, engaging romantic intrigues, colourful costumes and delightful music - including the celebrated "Letter Song".

Robinson Crusoe Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure View Details Compare
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Robinson Crusoe, a man from Bristol, sets out to South America to seek a fortune for his fiancée, Edwige, and his family. Six years later, Edwige, along with Crusoe’s servants Suzanne and Toby, arrives to look for Robinson, also having been attacked by pirates. Toby and Suzanne, captured by the cannibals, are presented to the cannibals’ chef, Jim, who also turns out to be from Bristol. He tells them that they will be the cannibals’ meal that evening. At sunset, Edwige is brought in by natives, who believe that she is a goddess. Friday spies all this, and falls in love with Edwige. When the fire is lit, he lets off Robinson’s pistol and rescues Edwige, Suzanne, Toby and Jim. The following day, Robinson fools the pirates with a story of buried treasure in the jungle and the pirates go off to find it, only to be caught by the cannibals. Robinson next wields the pirates’ guns and the pirates plead to be saved. Robinson agrees, and all set sail for Bristol once again, with Captain Atkins marrying Robinson and Edwige at sea.

Vie Parisienne, La Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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Paris in the 1860s - and cosmopolitan gaiety has reached new heights of delightful frivolity. A divertingly-tangled tale of flirtatious masquerading and romantic intrigue, LA VIE PARISIENNE concerns irresponsible men-about-town, fashionable demimondaines, aristocratic visitors in search of a good time, and a motley assortment of flamboyant characters. Irrepressible, vivacious music and scenes of rapturous hilarity make this glittering vision of life in the ‘Gay Paree’ of the Second Empire a marvellously enjoyable show.

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