Jeremy Herrin’s acclaimed production of David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano is moving to Duke of York’s Theatre, in the West End, next April following a sold out run at Hampstead Theatre in 2015.
Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll will reprise roles of Glyndebourne founder John Christie and his wife Audrey Mildmay with further casting to come.
Jeremy Herrin will return to direct the play with brand new set and costume designs by the multi award-winning theatre and opera designer, Bob Crowley.
The two great passions in John Christie’s life were opera and a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay, with who he was completely smitten.
Together with his formidable drive, they fuelled what many first saw as a monumental folly in the South Downs.
Glyndebourne was triumphantly born amid stiff manhattans, rolling lawns and the sound of sheep from across the HaHa. It was to become revered the world over.
It is a story of an intense love affair and the unrelenting search for artistic excellence in the face of searing scrutiny, sacrifice and the impending Second World War.
David Hare said: “Few people know the extraordinary story of how an eccentric English schoolmaster bumped accidentally into three refugees from Hitler’s Germany, and formed one of the world’s great opera houses in the 1930s in the middle of the English countryside.
“But even fewer know that Glyndebourne’s true founder was John Christie’s adored wife, Audrey Mildmay, whom he called ‘the moderate soprano’.”
Gus Christie said: “I am delighted that David Hare’s play about the origins of Glyndebourne, which sheds light on my grandparents’ extraordinary vision and the creative tensions that existed in pulling it off, is coming to the West End in the spring”.
The Moderate Soprano runs at The Duke of York’s Theatre from April 5 – June 30.