Opera North / West Side Story Symphonic Dances / Trouble in Tahiti

@ Theatre Royal Newcastle

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07 November 2020

TROUBLE IN TAHITI – Leonard Bernstein
The American Dream turned suffocatingly sour

Bernstein’s one-act opera is an unsparing examination of a marriage falling apart in 1950s suburbia. Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their ‘little white house’. But their growing failure to connect exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie.

Bernstein’s score is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of musicals and the movies. A highlight of Opera North’s Little Greats season in 2017, Matthew Eberhardt’s production of Trouble in Tahiti is deeply touching, whilst giving full value to the Hollywood pizzazz of Dinah’s showpiece number ‘Island Magic’.

Sung in English

A major collaboration with Phoenix Dance Theatre

Bernstein’s West Side Story broke new ground in many ways. It responded to the newly contemporary issue of gang violence in American cities, and the story-telling was driven by dance.

The composer himself arranged the Symphonic Dances as a work to stand on its own, free of the story of the show. Taking this as her cue, choreographer Aletta Collins creates a dance work which interprets Bernstein’s thrilling and poignant music outside of the narrative of West Side Story. This entirely new piece will explore the experience of young people through themes of group identity and family, conflict and violence, but also the dream of a better life, somewhere.

Tickets from £20.00
Friends discount 10%, Under 30s £10 (find out more about the Under 30s scheme here)

Under 18s 50% off (excluding gallery), when accompanied by a full paying adult – up to 4 per adult

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FREE Pre-Show Talks
Sat 7 Nov 2020 6.30 – 7.00pm The Olivier Suite
Pre-show talks are free, but must be pre-booked – please add to your basket with your show ticket.

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Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel
West Side Story Symphonic Dances / Trouble in Tahiti
The Girl of the Golden West

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