The Chamber Opera Chicago is coming to Macrobert for one night only, as part of its fourth annual international tour of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
Famed for her romantic novels, Persuasion was the final publication by Austen, and tells of love’s hidden depths and the healing hands of time. Based in early 19th century Georgian England, the story follows two estranged lovers as they reconcile after many years apart.
With much insecurity and jealousy in the air, Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth struggle to understand their feelings and lay to rest the hurt they caused each other so long ago – and the heartache they’ve endured ever since.
The event will be touring the country and comes to the Macrobert Arts Centre on July 19, bringing with it 40 singers, orchestra members and dancers – including world-champion Irish dancers from the Trinity Irish Dance Company.
Adapted by Barbara Landis, the stage production will use period instruments, accurate costumes and traditional sets and scenery in order to create an authentic atmosphere to encompass the glamour of the time and the intimacy of the narrative.
The musical production not only seeks to bring the cherished story of Anne and Frederick into the modern day, but it also carefully explores the concept of life in Georgian England.
Persuasion brings to centre stage the realities of what it meant to be a woman in this period, the age old tale of comical family dynamics, the greed and façade of the social circle of the city and of course, and the dangers of love and lust.
Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 for concessions or £5 for students. To book tickets or get more information, you can visit the Macrobert website.