Lives reflected in The House of Mirrors and Hearts at Arcola

The House of Mirrors and Hearts

A new British chamber musical The House of Mirrors and Hearts plays at London’s Arcola Theatre next month.

A timeless, atmospheric and intoxicating musical, The House of Mirrors and Hearts, written by Robert Gilbert and Eamonn O’Dwyer, is a contemporary British story about a dysfunctional family haunted by their past.

When Anna’s husband is killed in a tragedy at their home, her family’s life is changed forever. Seven years pass and, torn apart by grief, Anna has drunk herself numb.

Her daughters, Lily and Laura, exist in a world of secrets and lies. They spend their days in bitter silence and suspicion, until Nathan, a new lodger studying the works of a forgotten poet, forces them to confront their past.

Tensions within the family build, threatening to shatter this already broken household once and for all.

The drama, directed by Ryan McBryde, is being staged by Aria Entertainment (Jerry’s Girls, From Page to Stage) and Perfect Pitch (Lift, The Go-Between), two companies dedicated to the development of original British musicals.

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Andy Barnes for Perfect Pitch said: “We are so thrilled to be joining forces on this beautiful British chamber musical.

“Both our companies are known individually for our work with emerging British composers and new writing but The House of Mirrors and Hearts is the first project we have had the wonderful opportunity to partner on.

“We both feel positive about the current climate of new musical theatre with more and more great initiatives and opportunities arising for new writing.

“Collaborating with like-minded people has to be the way forward in supporting the evident array of emerging talent.”

The House of Mirrors and Hearts runs in Studio 1 at Arcola Theatre from July 2-August 1.

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