Arcola Theatre: Siegfried

6 & 7 AUG 2022
Arcola Theatre: Siegfried 6 & 7 AUG 2022
Sunday 7th August

Grimeborn Festival marches on inexorably towards the dramatic conclusion of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, in Graham Vick and Jonathan Dove’s innovative reduction. Following on from the acclaimed productions of Das Rheingold, at the Arcola Theatre in 2019, and Die Walküre last summer at Hackney Empire, Arcola Theatre completes the Ring Cycle with a double bill of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.

Standing alone as a closed chapter within The Ring Cycle, Siegfried tells the story of the hero’s quest to rescue Brünnhilde from her flame-surrounded sleep on the rock, overcoming dwarves and dragons and guided by a magic woodbird on the way.

Siegfried and Brünnhilde are two lost children of the Gods, the daughter and grandson of Wotan, and in Götterdämmerung they find themselves isolated in a world increasingly torn apart by corruption and fear. Their resilience, courage and love are tested by the arch-villain Hagen, and eventually it becomes clear that only through insight and sacrifice can they bring a conclusion to the flawed world they find themselves in. Brünnhilde initiates the end of an era and her self-immolation re-establishes equilibrium to allow for renewal and a chance for a better future. The circle completes.

Praise for Die Walküre in 2021:

“Breathtaking, emotionally gripping”

London Living Large

The Stage

Presented by Arcola Theatre
In association with Hackney Empire

Part of Grimeborn Opera Festival 2022.

With thanks to Golsoncott Foundation.

By arrangement with Birmingham Opera Company to the creatives.

Hackney Empire

£59 – £17 (plus £1.15 per ticket online, £1.35 per ticket over the phone)

Concessions available.

Performed as a double bill alongside Götterdammerung. Multibuy: save 25% if you book for both shows.

Ticket prices are subject to change, based on availability.

Running time: 2 hours, with no interval.

Sung in German with English surtitles.

Rehearsal photos by Alex Brenner

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Cast & Creative Team

Neal Cooper Siegfried
Lee Bisset Brünnhilde
Colin Judson Mime
Simon Wilding Fafner
Mae Heydorn Erda
Elizabeth Karani Woodbird
Freddie Tong Alberich
Paul Carey Jones Wanderer
Robin Whitehouse Fafner’s Entourage
Henry WrightFafner’s Entourage
Jamie Woollard Fafner’s Entourage
Julia BurbachDirector
Peter SelwynConductor
Cameron McMillanChoreographer
Bettina JohnDesigner
Robert PriceLighting Designer
Felicitas KidCostume Supervisor
Mark Burns Assistant Director
Franciska Ery First Assistant Director
John SheaAssistant Conductor/Repetiteur
Kelvin Lim Assistant Conductor/Repetiteur
Ingrid Shiel Design Assistant
Josephine Tremelling Production Manager
Martin John Bristow Deputy Production Manager
Christopher Moon-Little Surtitles
OrchestraOrpheus Sinfonia
Violin lAnna Roder
Violin llLiam Kenneally
Violin/ViolaJohn Dickinson
Cello lBecky Hepplewhite
Cello llTom Wraith
Double bass Jack Cherry
Flute/Piccolo Jemma Freestone
Oboe/Cor AnglaisPeter Facer
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Rosemary Taylor
BassoonAshely Myall
Horn lTom Bettley
Horn llMichael Gibbs
Trumpet/Flugel Horn Adam Stockbridge
Trombone/Bass Trumpet William Brown
Tuba Stephen Callow
HarpElin Samuel
OrganJonathan Pease
Percussion James Crook

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