MICHAEL DRAKE Norwich Theatre Royal
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At the risk of making a perverse statement, this was a triumphant tragedy from which enjoyment was obtained from grief. Ulti-mately it may be “only theatre”, but David McVicar's acclaimed production first seen in 2000, also has a credibility which makes one feel part of it.
Sung in Italian it has often witty, often poetic English Sur-titles while Puccini's lovely tunes are given lively authority (and acoustic brilliance) by the Glyndebourne on Tour orchestra conducted by their new music director, Edward Gardner.
I was not too sure of the beaming Father Christmas on the backdrop - but on reflection there is joy among anguish in life and in the end this sad tale of young love and ideals could stand it.
And, too, some quite superb singing by all the principals - and I deliberately do not pick any out.
- 1 Body found in the sea at Great Yarmouth
- 2 Holiday Inn to become 'care hotel' to help struggling hospitals
- 3 Norwich firm part of growing number of businesses working four day weeks
- 4 North Norfolk road closed with drivers asked to avoid area
- 5 One of East Anglia's largest property builders is sold to investment firm
- 6 Popular teacher, 55, died after falling down stairs, inquest hears
- 7 Teenager died of injuries six days after crash
- 8 John Lewis CCTV footage leads to Norwich gun arrests
- 9 A year on: Tributes to teacher who died following tumour diagnosis
- 10 1920s bungalow up for sale in one of the Broads' most sought-after villages
Spectacular fun and action abounds in the café street scene at the beginning of Act Two, complete with fire-eater and “animals” on stilts.
There just isn't a weak moment in a production in which Michael Vale's sets make it appear that it all happened but yesterday. It deserves all plaudits.
t La Boheme is repeated on Saturday, November 11. Box office: 01603 630000.