Surrey Opera – Madelaine – 30 September & 2 October

In the mid 1850’s a true story of lies, deceit and death had the British public in its thrall; all eyes were on the most likely culprit, Madeleine Hamilton Smith. The burning question on everyone’s lips was – did she poison her clandestine lover, Emile L’Angelier, and was a seed sown by a night at the opera?
It seems extraordinary that this oh-so-Victorian melodrama has never been retold on the operatic stage. But to celebrate its 50 glorious years, Surrey Opera is now staging the World Première of Madeleine.
With much of Jonathan Butcher’s libretto drawn from Madeleine and Emile’s poems and love letters, and with thrilling atmospheric music by composer David Hackbridge Johnson, Surrey Opera will bring to life this gripping tragedy, with its own unique and captivating night at the opera.

Co-written by Surrey Opera’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Butcher, who is directing as well as conducting this dramatic work/story. There is a full revolving set and costumes to enchant the eye!Surrey Opera’s big World Premiere of Madeleine, belatedly celebrating Surrey Opera’s 50th Anniversary, 2020!

How to book

The Harlequin Theatre
Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1NN

Tickets £25 (£23 for children and students)
For accessibility, families and groups apply to the box office
Box office 01737 276500 10am – 8pm seven days a week
Booking online

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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