David Hare’s Glyndebourne opera play announces West End transfer

Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam in The Moderate Soprano at Hampstead Theatre, London. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano is to transfer to the West End.

Jeremy Herrin’s production will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from April 5 to June 30.

The play premiered at London’s Hampstead Theatre in 2015.

Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll are to reprise their roles as Glyndebourne opera house founder John Christie and his wife Audrey Mildmay, with further casting to be announced.

Set and costume design will be by Bob Crowley.

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, grandchild of John 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 is produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon for Playful Productions, Caro Newling for Neal Street Productions, Karl Sydow and Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre, in association with Raymond Gubbay and Bob Bartner.