We are sorry to announce that in line with UK Theatres and SOLT guidance, we have taken the decision to temporarily postpone all events in the theatre at Hackney Empire. This means that Scottish Opera’s season of work at Hackney Empire, including all performances of The Gondoliers and Utopia, Limited will no longer take place in July 2020. We are working with Scottish Opera to rearrange these shows so you can enjoy them at a later date. This is obviously a very challenging time for us as an organisation and we would ask you to bear with us until we are able to confirm a rescheduled date. We will contact you as soon as we have new date confirmed
Gilbert & Sullivan
Gilbert & Sullivan’s penultimate opera, Utopia, Limited, was written immediately after The Gondoliers. Here, with an updated libretto by director Stuart Maunder and a revised musical version by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark, it is given its Scottish Opera premiere and the airing it so deserves.
Satirising the conceits of the mighty British Empire, its politics, monarchy and press, Utopia, Limited is as incisive now as ever it was. On the island of Utopia, in the far south seas, King Paramount dreams of England. But his hope to ‘civilise’ his people by adopting English ways backfires, and all turns out to be decidedly less civilised than expected…
Full of sparkling wit, Utopia, Limited is packed with show-stopping patter, brilliant choruses and music that is, at times, of almost Verdian beauty. Performed by the cast of The Gondoliers.
Opera in Concert
A new co-production with D’Oyly Carte Opera & State Opera South Australia
£29 – £10 (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)
AGE GUIDANCE: 12+
Running time approx. 2 hrs 40 mins
Sung in English with English supertitles