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Pegasus Opera Company’s Shaw Goes Wilde at the Susie Sainsbury Theatre

An outstanding opera double bill based on Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and The Rose and George Bernard Shaw’s The Music Cure

12 April 2019 – 14 April 2019 | Book tickets

Following last year’s successful run of Ruth and The Dark Lady of the Sonnet, Pegasus Opera Company presents another outstanding opera double bill titled Shaw Goes Wilde. The productions are based on Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and The Rose and George Bernard Shaw’s The Music Cure. The two one act shows will be performed at the new Susie Sainsbury Theatre, Royal Academy of Music.

The first act is Oscar Wilde’s bittersweet The Nightingale and The Rose sees a student fall for a young maiden who demands the student show his feelings by giving her a red rose. The production stars celebrated soprano Alison Buchanan, award winning baritone Peter Brathwaite (Effigies of Wickedness at Gate Theatre), Oliver Brignall, Thomas Bennett, Angela Caesar (Caroline or Change at Playhouse Theatre), Katie Grosslet, Amal Khalidi and Nick Morton. The second act is The Music Cure, a satirical comedy set in the 1900s, which sees Lord Reginald being investigated by Parliament for insider trading. This unwanted scrutiny makes the Lord depressed, so his beloved mother hires a famous, dynamic female concert pianist to cheer him up. This tale of love, desire and corruption is played out with outstanding, specially adapted music. The Music Cure stars Alison Buchanan, Peter Brathwaite and Oliver Brignall.
 
Both productions have been adapted by composer and conductor Philip Hagemann who first collaborated with Pegasus Opera Company in 2018. Shaw Goes Wilde is a unique opportunity to showcase two iconic British Irish playwrights and present a diverse cast and creative team in a brand new venue in London.

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