In the Market for Love
Set in a Parisian market, this hilarious one act operetta was commissioned by Glyndebourne for performance in the gardens throughout August. Stephen collaborated with Marcia Bellamy to produce a new version of Offenbach’s 1858 hit, directed by Stephen Langridge. The new version is entitled In the Market for Love or ‘Onions are Forever’.
Having previously worked with Marcia to produce Offenbach’s work in Bouffe!, Stephen was delighted to be part of the creative team bringing Offenbach to Glyndebourne for the first time, as part of their artistic response to the challenges of COVID-19.
“Wittily reworked by Stephen Plaice…Mesdames de la Halle is an Offen-ready treat.”
“There’s a thrown-together, on-the-hop feel to it – the set is clearly a raid on the company’s store house – but it’s a full staging, with first-rate singers and a small but polished … That’s several causes for celebration right there.”
The Guardian ****
“In the Market for Love is a slight, daft piece and the gamble of this “Covid” production by Stephen Langridge, with a new English libretto by Stephen Plaice, is that it pushes to the foreground the things that some of us might like to forget, at least for an hour: masks, visors, 1/2/3-metre rules, squirts of sanitiser.”
The Times ****
“With boisterous direction, and the whole cast romping cheerfully over Offenbach’s bouncy galops and flirtatious waltz songs, it’s surely the most fun any of us will have in the opera house for the foreseeable future, and a million times more helpful, right now, than the incoming tide of earnest new-music commissions about the trauma of lockdown.”
“Irrepressible energy, irreverent wit and a terrific ensemble performance bring some brightness into the prevailing gloom.”
The Stage ****
Bloom Britannia is a comic opera set in the fictional Southern town of Melhaven. The announcement of the winner of a national competition to regenegerate the coastal towns is imminent.The Mayor of Melhaven has pulled out all the stops, hoping to boost its bid for the money to save the declining resort. But it only survives on its black economy, and when the judges arrive for their final inspection, the cracks start to appear, not only in Melhaven, but in post-Brexit Britain as a whole. The first act of Bloom Britannia was performed at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill in April 2019 to great acclaim.
The performances at St Mary in the Castle in October 2020 have been postponed due to corona virus. Future dates tbc.