'This is London in the 1690s, the monster city tamed into awe by our only Orpheus: Purcell.'
Award-winning playwright Samuel Adamson brings a teeming world of intersecting narratives to the Globe stage with real & imagined characters: monarchs, prostitutes, wigmakers, composers, transvestites and watermen. Alison Balsom, one of the world’s finest trumpeters brings this world to life with the music of Purcell and Handel.
Please note: Contains some saucy language and rude bits.
‘Every day three trumpet calls from the theatres on the Bankside, then songs would float over the thatch and roll across the water and make my work sweet.’
Gabriel overflows with the extreme emotions of lust, despair, love and grief (with a dash of saucy humour) and brings some of the finest music ever written to a space uniquely suited to it.
Alison Balsom appears by kind permission of Warner Classics www.warnerclassics.com
Running time: 148 mins
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Music Consultant & Rehearsal Director:
Music performed by:
The English Concert
Rich, Tapester, Queen Mary's Advisor:
Tenor, Fop, Drinker:
Stephen Anthony Brown
Sir Surplustorequirements, Francis Taylor, Company:
Sir Redundant, Betterton, Matthew:
Wigmaker, Sir Doesnotmatterverymuch, Rake, Phoebus/ Coridon:
Peter Hamilton Dyer
Dr. Radcliffe, Briggs, Rake, Husband:
William, Parson, Company:
Sir Cockmerry, Ned, Rake, Irishman, Company:
Joan, Midwife, Company:
Countertenor, Mary's Attendant, Mopsa, Fop, Company:
Lewis, Peter, Christopher:
Dutchwoman, James-Amy, Caroline, Lady Curious, Wife, Company:
Alice, Lady Victim, Hannah:
Theorbo, Baroque Guitar:
Sackbut, Fourth Trumpet:
What you have to say
Katherine Hutchins Katherine Hutchins
I thought it was an excellent production. Inspiring music, new and old, and an exceptional cast. Well done.
Andrew Buckle Andrew Buckle
Excellent throughout, music and cast. Transported me back to 1692 (sort of). This would make surely an excellent candlelit production in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Sylvia Pageon Sylvia Pageon
Michael Lant Michael Lant
Excellent entertainment highly recommended!
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