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The Merry Widow at Glyndebourne

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Stephen Plaice and Marcia Bellamy have been commissioned to create a new version of Franz Lehár’s ever popular operetta The Merry Widow for the Glyndebourne Festival in 2024.

This commission follows their highly successful adaptation of Offenbach’s Mesdames de la Halle – In the Market for Love which Stephen and Marcia adapted for Glyndebourne during the pandemic in 2020.

The new production of The Merry Widow, which is directed by Cal McCrystal, conducted by John Wilson and designed by Gary McCann, will open on June 9th 2024. It will star Danielle de Niese as the widow, Germán Olvera as Danillo and Sir Thomas Allen as Baron Zeta.

See the Glyndebourne website for further details.

Parvenu Press Announces the publication of Stephen’s new novel

The Hardham Divine

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Meet the first Millennials. Ravaged by famine and drought, taxed to the bone, the poor wait for a leader to deliver them. Set in the turbulent years between the first and second Crusades, The Hardham Divine tells the story of Truda, a young Saxon woman, who finds herself the centre of a messianic uprising. Stephen Plaice’s visionary novel immerses the reader in the terror and beauty of medieval Sussex.

Limited Hardback Edition, 520pp, Publication date 31 August 2021

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Stephen has written the book and lyrics for a new musical String with the composer Tony Biggin. The showcase première was given as part of the Hailsham Festival at the Pavilion Theatre in the town ‘in autumn 2021. This version was narrated by the poet Roger McGough, seen here with Stephen.

Stephen with Roger McGough

It played to a packed house and an enthusiastic reception.

A second run of the musical took place in October 2022. This time the show was narrated by actor John Bowler. It played for three performances and was greeted with standing ovations.  

A third run of the show will be presented in Spring 2024, beginning at the Pavilion Theatre Hailsham, then transferring to the Grove Theatre Eastbourne.