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The Original Chinese Conjuror

23 August 2018, 7.30pm

24 August, 7.30pm

25 August, 2.30pm

Music by Raymond Yiu

Libretto by Lee Warren


William Robinson is a struggling magician at the start of the 20th century, propped up by his ever loving wife, Dot, and paling under the shadow of the greatest magician of the time, ‘Herrmann the Great’.


His fortunes drastically change, however, when William discovers that all his act needs is another element of illusion - the adoption of the persona of ‘The Original Chinese Conjuror’ …


Raymond Yiu’s hilarious and poignant opera premiered at Aldeburgh in 2006, before transferring to London’s Almeida Theatre.


The Left Bank Opera Fesitval 2018 is supported by Arts Council England, Arts@Leeds, the Emerald Foundation, the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, and the Sir George Martin Trust.


Praise for the production


4* The Guardian (Andrew Clements): "The strange case of magician Chung Ling Soo’s fatal encounter with a bullet is told with verve is this revival of Raymond Yiu’s music theatre gem [...] [The opera's] outstanding qualities – economical, unfussy drama combined with a wryly witty text and a score that careers happily from Broadway musical to 1960s expressionism via tango and Edwardian vaudeville – have stayed as fresh as ever. It’s a tautly choreographed show, conducted with real punch by Lewis Gaston." (26 August 2018)



Production photographs (credit Pelly & Me Photography)


Ticket information


£20 adults / £15 under-30 / £10 under-18 and full-time students


Part of the 2018 Left Bank Opera Festival



Pre-show events


Thursday 23 August, 6.30pm, FREE

In Discussion: Raymond Yiu and Lee Warren


Friday 24 August, 6.30pm, FREE

The Culture Games: West meets East



See also


24 & 25 August, £10/£7

The Yellow Princess


Sunday 26 August, 2.30pm, £10/£7

Calcutta



Raymond Yiu on The Original Chinese Conjuror


Who was Chung Ling Soo?



Rosemary Clifford

Dot


Alex Haigh

Many roles


Louis Hurst

William Robinson


Keith Pun

Chai Ping


Andrew Tipple

Alexander Herrmann


Raymond Yiu

Composer


Lee Warren

Librettist


Lewis Gaston

Conductor


David Ward

Director


Louise Garner

Producer


George Leigh

Designer


Sophia Watts

Graphic designer

Orchestra


Accordion | Milos Milivojevic

Clarinet | Antonio Perez-Barrera

Double Bass | Anita Santinelli

Keyboard | Jill Fogden

Percussion | Aidan Marsden

Violin | Elizabeth Lister