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Opera North Double Bill: Acis & Galatea / The Seven Deadly Sins

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins, including a 30 minute interval
  • Age Guidance: 12+
  • Languages: In English with surtitles
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More Information on Opera North Double Bill: Acis & Galatea / The Seven Deadly Sins

Simple country life collides with the sins of the city in this Handel/Weill double bill.

The evening opens with a contemporary take on Handel’s Acis & Galatea, a light-hearted pastoral opera inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The nymph Galatea and the shepherd Acis are falling in love but when the monstrously jealous Polyphemus appears on the scene, their happiness is threatened… Anthony Kraus leads a 15-strong orchestra through a beautiful score that swings from the joyous to the melancholic, from the hearty ‘Happy We’ to the poignant chorus ‘Mourn, All Ye Muses!’. Featuring Nicholas Watts (The Turn of the Screw) as Acis and Amy Freston (The Merry Widow) as Galatea.

In Weill’s jazzy Seven Deadly Sins, we meet Anna and Anna: one person, two personalities. Sent away for seven years to make money for their struggling family, they journey between seven cities from Philadelphia to San Francisco, and encounter sloth, pride, wrath, gluttony, lust, greed and envy on the way. As they do, they dance, sing, argue and bear the sardonic commentary of their family. Weill’s playful and shimmering ‘sung ballet’ – his final collaboration with Brecht – is directed and choreographed by Gary Clarke (Street Scene) and features Wallis Giunta (Trouble in Tahiti) and dancer Shelley Eva Haden as the two Annas.

Tickets will be limited and information will be shared with bookers about changes we have implemented to make the theatre experience safe according to government advice and Covid-19 guidelines. In accordance with the latest government restrictions, you must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes the theatre. More information


Acis & Galatea
George Frideric Handel | Approx 85 mins


The Seven Deadly Sins
Kurt Weill | Libretto by Bertold Brecht | Translation by Michael Feingold
Approx 35 mins


Book Tickets

Wed 11 Nov 20
07:00 PM
Sat 14 Nov 20
07:00 PM
Tue 17 Nov 20
07:00 PM
Thu 19 Nov 20
07:00 PM
Sat 21 Nov 20
02:00 PM
Audio Description Performance
Sat 21 Nov 20
07:00 PM
Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

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  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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