Michael Rosewell conductor
Stephen Unwin director
Nicky Shaw designer
Ralph Stokeld lighting designer
Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti
Lennox Berkeley A Dinner Engagement
This summer let a terrific RCM cast take you back to the booming fifties with an evening of sparkling musical satire.
Peel back the sunny veneer of the American dream in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. We lift the curtain on 1950s suburbia with a seven-scene sneak peek into the marriage of brash capitalist Sam and his frustrated housewife, Dinah. From arias that plumb the depths of domestic woe to the infectiously cheerful Greek chorus and their swing-style songs of domestic bliss, this kitchen sink drama brings everything to the stage: big musical numbers, traditional opera, a little jazz and plenty of comedy gold.
In A Dinner Engagement, hard times have fallen upon Lord and Lady Dunmow, who are struggling to keep up appearances for some very important dinner guests. The Grand Duchess is en route with her son, Prince Philippe – an eligible match for the Dunmows’ beautiful, albeit sulky, daughter Susan. Unfortunately, the aristocrats' attempts at self-catering quickly descend into culinary calamity. As smoke begins to billow from the ovens, settle in for a delightful comedy of manners, cleverly told in light-hearted libretto by Paul Dehn and set to a colourful score by Berkeley.
This production is made possible with the assistance of the Basil Coleman Bequest.