Theatre lovers interested in classical revivals may be interested in booking tickets for the Elixir of Love, which opens English National Opera’s (ENO) new season on September 15th.
Ideal for visitors staying in central London hotels, this is the first revival of Jonathan Miller’s co-production of Doinzetti’s play – updated with a 1950s American setting.
“An ear-tickling delight for all lovers of 19th-century Italian bel canto, Jonathan Miller’s affectionately comic take on Donizetti’s bitter sweet rural romance, set in and around a 1950s American diner, won all hearts at its 2010 ENO debut and now enjoys a return date with a fresh cast,” commented the theatre.
Soprano Sarah Tynan reprises her role as Adina, while tenor Ben Johnson and baritone Benedict Nelson play the mechanic and soldier vying for her affections.
Running until October 8th, the play takes place at the London Coliseum – a historic building first opened in 1904, with the ambition of being the “people’s palace of entertainment”.
With nearly 2,400 seats, it is the largest theatre in the city and boasts the widest proscenium arch as well.
Renovations that took place between 2000 and 2004 left the venue with a host of features, including electric lifts, a roof garden and an information bureau in which people expecting emergency calls can leave their seat numbers to be informed immediately should they be needed.
Visitors can take a pre-show tour of the venue, taking in the old Gentleman’s Baronial Smoking Hall, Stoll’s Balcony, Private Rooms, the Upper Glassed Terraces, the backstage area and the orchestra pit.
Ticket prices start at £16 for day seats, while prime time showings vary from £19 to £98.