Nelson, King's Lynn

This new production, still in development, tells in a mix of music, humour and pathos of the relationship between Horatio Nelson and his mistress, Emma Hamilton.

By RICHARD PARR

This new production at King's Lynn Arts Centre, which is still in development by Trafalgar Music, tells in a mix of music, humour and pathos of the relationship between Horatio Nelson and his mistress, Emma Hamilton.

The small company, some of whom play more than one part, presented an enchanting evening of late 18th century costumed drama, focusing on the emotionally-charged relationship between the ill-fated lovers.

Jeremy Sharples was well cast in the title role, his classical features giving him the air of a naval commander.


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Equally convincing was Claire Warboys in the role of Lady Hamilton, whose charms, we are told, Nelson could not resist. Peter Sowerbutts was effective as the bitter, rather cold, Sir William Hamilton.

The narrative was largely told in song, with fine duets between the two leading players and a solo by Lady Hamilton, Where My Heart Belongs, that was particularly moving.

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Effective use was made of minimal scenery, with atmosphere created by skilled use of lighting. The battle scene at Trafalgar and subsequent mourning in St Paul's Cathedral were particularly impressive.

t Nelson, part of the West Norfolk Maritime Festival, continues nightly at 8pm until Saturday October 20.

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