Ten Must-See Shows Coming to the Buxton Opera House

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The Ladies are Taking On the infinite variety that the Buxton Opera House has to offer for shows/events. Between Lady Sky, Lady Wordsmith, Lady Metal and Lady Tiger Lilly we will be looking forward to and reviewing the following shows at the Buxton Opera House between now and June. These gems struck our fancy, and frankly, we think our fellow ladies might enjoy indulging in a night out or two at these shows. After all, we’ll be there! Come along and say “hello”!

Here are our top ten picks according to dates…

1) MADAME BUTTERFLY – March 1stMadama_Butterfly_event_53dbaabee7e8e

By Puccini – One of the world’s most popular operas, Madama Butterfly tells the story of a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant. Over the course of three years she is rejected by her family, abandoned by her lover and left with little hope. Puccini’s opera is tragic and beautiful, featuring the melodic Humming Chorus and the unforgettable arias One Fine Day and Love Duet. With a  spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes, this lavish  production features international soloists and the full Chisinau National Opera and National Philharmonic. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. (BOH)


2) THE BRITISH PHILHARMONIC CONCERT ORCHESTRA – March 8thThe_British_Philharmonic_Concert_Orchestra_2_5464c8b4b9bfd

Holst – St Paul’s Suite
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 23 – K488
Schubert – Symphony No. 5 – D485
Conductor – Anthony Kraus
Leader – Jeff Moore
Piano Soloist – Ian Buckle
The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra returns to Buxton for a special concert featuring three of the repertoire’s finest pieces. The St Paul’s Suite is Holst’s delightful and evocative portrait of Edwardian London, named after the school where the he taught for nearly 30 years. Ian Buckle, a regular soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and John Wilson Orchestras, performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto 23 in A Major. The programme concludes with Schubert’s masterpiece, the 5th Symphony. Said to resemble Mozart, Schubert was infatuated with the composer at the time he composed it and the lighter orchestration will be familiar to any Mozart lover. (BOH)


3) FAUST – March 18th

By Gounod. A rarely performed production of Gounod’s re-telling of the gothic tale Faust. Faust is weary of life and is contemplating suicide when he encounters the diabolic Méphistophélès.  He agrees to exchange his soul for eternal youth and the fulfilment of his hedonistic wishes. The resulting journey balances romance and temptation; and is widely regarded as a magical and tuneful masterpiece. This is rare opportunity to see Gounod’s finest work, regarded by many as a master class in operatic dramatic structure. Historically Faust was one of the most famous and performed of all operas, including being chosen to be the first opera to be performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Sung in English and accompanied by a chamber orchestra. There will be a FREE pre-performance talk by the Artistic Director of Swansea City Opera, Brendan Wheatley, in the Arts Centre from 6.30pm to 7pm. Please call the Box Office to request a ticket. (BOH)


4) SEX IN SUBURBIA – March 26thSex_in_Suburbia_675x300_5481a0fdb8fa8

Written by Claire Sweeney and Mandy Muden. Featuring sensational songs including I’m Every Woman, I Want To Break Free and Somebody Else’s Guy, Claire Sweeney stars as Penny Crowe, an agony aunt on a late-night radio phone-in show. While taking calls on the very worst dating experiences imaginable, when it comes to taking her own advice about relationships she finds it’s not always that easy. Sex in Suburbia is co-written by Claire Sweeney and based on real stories from real women. The show comes to Buxton direct from a highly successful run at the Liverpool Royal Court. Over 16s only. (BOH)


5) STONE COLD MURDER – April 17th & 18thStone_Cold_Murder_675x300_5489b3897b704-640x300

By James Cawood. Starring Nick Barclay and Freya Copeland. A tense thriller set in deep winter in the English Lake District. Olivia and Robert, owners of the Langstrath Country House Hotel, are enjoying the success of their first season and the respite of the winter break when their solitude is disrupted by the appearance of Ramsay, a lost climber looking for shelter. As the evening unfolds, it becomes apparent that Ramsay’s presence in this desolate spot is anything but a coincidence, and soon events take a murderous turn. Acclaimed theatre company Talking Scarlet brings this classic text to stage following visits to the Opera House with Devil at Midnight and Double Death. (BOH)



Dara O’Briain is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV. He is the host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, The Apprentice You’re Fired and Star Gazing Live – not forgetting his most recent shows Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums on Dave and Dara O Briain’s Science Club on BBC2. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today. (BOH)


7) DARE, DREAM, DANCE – April 30th100c_DareDreamDance_portrait_30Apr_54859cd47715f

Dare, Dream, Dance is an explosive and vibrant dance display from students at Buxton Community School, aged 11 to 18. This evening of dance will showcase a variety of styles from street to contemporary and jazz to break dance, celebrating the work of the dance department within Buxton Community School. This is their sixth dance show to be held at Buxton Opera House and promises to entertain as well as highlight the great talent of Buxton Community School’s dancers. (BOH)


8) HISTORY BOYS – May 19th – 23rd

By Alan Bennett. Set in the 1980s, The History Boys is the story of a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. Their maverick English teacher is at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher, whilst their headmaster is obsessed with results and league tables. Staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence overflow, provoking insistent questions about history and how you teach it. Their A-Levels may be over, but their true education is only just beginning. This brand new production from the producers of the recent Avenue Q UK Tour and Seussical on the West End is an hilariously funny and exceptionally moving play about the true purpose of education. This national treasure has proved to be the perfect night at the theatre. (BOH)


9) CALAMITY JANE – May 26th-30thCalamity_Jane_675x300_5481f91385948

Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago on the Deadwood Stage to recruit a star, Adelaid Adams. But things don’t go too smoothly for her and it takes Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love…With an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the award-winning song Secret Love, this brand new production of the classic musical from the highly acclaimed Watermill Theatre stars Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, Spamalot, One Man Two Guvnors) alongside Tom Lister (The Water Babies, Emmerdale)! (BOH)


10) THE WOMAN IN BLACK – June 16th – 20th

Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt. Based on the novel by Susan Hill. A gripping theatrical exploration of terror, The Woman in Black has been thrilling audiences of all ages with its unique blend of suspense, drama and bold stagecraft. Arthur Cripps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House. At the funeral he glimpses a wasted young woman dressed all m black and a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold. Unable to talk to the locals, Arthur sets out to discover the secret behind the woman and her terrible purpose. After celebrating its 25th year on the West End, The Woman in Black is coming to Buxton as part of a major UK tour. (BOH)


I know what you are thinking now – how do I get my hands on some tickets? Get tickets and see what else the Buxton Opera House on offer at: BUXTON OPERA HOUSE

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