Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Dominic Haddock and Roxanne Peak-Payne present …

OperaUpClose – the 2011 Olivier Award winning opera company –

brings you

Manifest Destiny 2011

At the King’s Head Theatre Islington –  Press Night: Friday 9 September

Composed by Keith Burstein with Libretto by Dic Edwards

Opening on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, this brand new opera questions America’s culpability in the horrific terrorist attacks in 2001.

Taking the traditional Romeo and Juliet tragic love story and setting it in contemporary war torn Arabia, this moving and shocking opera re-evaluates the enduring belief that love conquers all. Two young lovers battle with their beliefs and their destiny. Leila, a young poet, determined to continue the work of her murdered father, fights for justice and truth by joining a suicide bombing cell. Her lover Daniel fights to save her life and  the lives of the innocent people affected by the bombings. Political and honest, Manifest Destiny sparked debate among critics and audiences at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe festival for its controversial themes of finding beauty in the desperate actions of a terrorist. Radically revisited and updated for its 2011 premiere, this production reflects on how society, and perceptions of America’s foreign policy, have changed since September 2001.

The King’s Head Theatre is London’s first pub theatre since Shakespeare’s time, founded in 1970, and has 50 West-End & Broadway transfers to its credit. Adam Spreadbury-Maher became the venue’s second Artistic Director in March 2010 and has since established a programme of Opera, Theatre and Musical Theatre. The theatre is now home to a repertory season of in-house productions by the multi-award winning resident company OperaUpClose (with Co-Artistic Director Robin Norton-Hale). OperaUpClose won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best New Opera (La Bohème), redefining the boundaries of opera.

This production will run in repertory alongside the Good Night Out Presents production of the Oscar Wilde world premiere, Constance. OperaUpClose’s next production will be the World Premier of Daniel Slater’s version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, opening at the King’s Head Theatre in November 2011.

Composed by Keith Burstein
Libretto by Dic Edwards
Directed by Valentina Ceschi

Cast Tom Kennedy     Emma Pettemerides      Katrina Waters
David Menzes     Dario Dugandzic

Listings Information

Composed by Keith Burstein
Libretto by Dic Edwards

September 2, 6, 7 – 7.15pm

Friday 9 September -7.15pm

September 2, 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26
Going into rep in October – Dates TBC
Tickets: concession £15/ £17.50/ £22

at the King’s Head Theatre
115 Upper Street

Islington N1 1QN
0207 478 0160

Tube: Angel (Northern), Highbury & Islington
(Victoria & Overground)

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