THE WEEKEND

25th-27th September 2021 at The Bloomsbury Theatre, London. 7.30pm. Also Sun 26th 4.00pm matinee.

Running time: 75’00”

From Highbury Opera Theatre, the innovative company behind Fever Pitch: The Opera (‘A zinger of a production’ – Artibravi) comes The Weekend, an original comic opera based on Sir Michael Palin’s popular stage play.

World-weary retiree Stephen Febble wants nothing more than a quiet weekend at home. What he gets instead is a surprise visit from his needy daughter, her problematic husband, their excitable daughter, and a rampaging family dog. When Stephen’s long-suffering wife reminds him that it is their turn to host the village cocktail party, all of the ingredients are in place for a rollicking, sometimes dark-humoured ride through British family life, laced with Michael Palin’s unique wit.

Click here for a great preview interview in the Observer 19th Sept from Vanessa Thorpe: https://amp.theguardian.com/culture/2021/sep/19/tantrum-of-the-opera-how-michael-palins-angry-dad-inspired-new-show?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other&__twitter_impression=true&s=09

The Weekend is propelled by a jazz-inflected score from Scott Stroman and sharp-witted libretto from Tamsin Collison, the creative team behind Fever Pitch: The Opera. Created in 2020 when laughs were scarce, The Weekend is an ideal tonic for our times.

To book tickets, click here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/app/?pg=lst