In the mid 1850s 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 Premiére of Madeleine.

With much of Jonathan Butcher’s libretto drawn from Madeleine’s 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.

Conductor & Director Jonathan Butcher
Designer Jill Wilson
Lighting Designer Rob Callender
Madeleine Kelly Glyptis
Emile Thomas Kelly
Papa Edwin Kaye
Mama Deborah Holborn
Bessie Eleanor Penfold
Amédée Thuau Jon Openshaw
William Minnock Dafydd Allen
Mrs Jenkins Jennifer Samuel
Christina Rosie Clifford
Dr Thompson Graham Stone
Defence Counsel Stephen Anthony Brown
Prosecuting Counsel Giles Davies
Clerk to the Court Ross Wilson
Rabble Rouser Tim Baldwin
The Harlequin Theatre, RedhillWarwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN
PerformancesThu 30th September and Sat 2nd October 2021 at 7pm
Matinée Sat 2nd October at 2pm
Tickets£25 (£23 for children and students)
For accessibility, families and groups apply to the box office
Box office01737 276 500 10am-8pm seven days a week
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