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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.

Gipsy Baron, The Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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Set in Hungary in the 18th Century, this is the colourful story of the marriage of a landowner (returned from exile) and a gypsy girl who is revealed as the daughter of a Turkish Pasha, and the rightful owner of hidden treasure. It involves a fortune-telling Romany Queen, an absurdly self-important Mayor, a rascally Commissioner, a Military Governor, a band of gypsies and a troop of Hussars.

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 (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.

Valley Of Song (adapted Hassall/Park/Hanmer) Drama; Romance View Details Compare
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Ivor Novello intended this to be his next West End show. When he died in 1950, the work was completed by Christopher Hassall - who had worked with Novello for many years - and adapted by Phil Park and Ronald Hanmer for the amateur stage.

Set in Wales and Venice, the story concerns the love of a young Welsh choirmaster, David, for his leading soprano, Lily, who has ambitions to become an opera star. Following an affair with an Italian ‘Count’, she loses her voice - but regains it on being reunited with her true love on his return from the war, wounded but safe. With plenty of chorus work, the musical numbers include: I Know a Valley, Rainbow in the Fountain, Look in my Heart and Soldier Lad.

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.

Viva Mexico Comedy/Satire; Romance View Details Compare
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A great favourite with amateur societies, this tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy melodrama involves bandits, American tourists and revolutionaries - and features a highly colourful Aztec ceremonial. The score is a feast of world-famous melodies and dances including "A Media Luz", "El Rancho Grande", "La Cucuracha" and "The Mexican Hat Dance". Theatrically very effective, a show that has pace, impact and lots of laughs.

Waltzes From Vienna Drama; Romance View Details Compare
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This story of the tension between Strauss the elder and Strauss the younger, engendered by the son’s ambitions to succeed his father as the Waltz King of Vienna, is delightfully woven around a score which is a collection of some of the greatest light music ever composed. It tells of the star-crossed romance between young Johann and the attractive daughter of an engagingly-eccentric pastry-cook, and involves a helpfully-intriguing Countess and other endearing characters. Climaxed of course by the immortal Blue Danube, this is a feast of the music that set the whole world dancing.

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