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King Arthur 1970English Opera Group

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As an enterprising supplement to further performances of the summer's staging of The Magic Flute, Scottish Opera brought in this recent English Opera Group production in a new realisation by director Colin Graham.

This production was ingenious and made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening in the theatre, but even then it was controversial because of the freedom with which Graham had adapted the work, importing other music as well as cutting and adapting Dryden's text. In the original the only named characters who sing are Philidel and Grimbald. In this version, the wonderful winter frost scene becomes a major set piece and 'Fairest Isle' is allotted to Emmeline at the end of the work, when the forces of good (Arthur, Merlin and Philidel) have triumphed over the wicked invaders (Oswald, Guillamar, and Grimbald).

The performance was persuasive in every way, with Denis Dowling and David Hartley as the good and evil enchanters. Norma Burrowes showed her talent as Merlin's familiar, while Michael Rippon and Peter Leeming were both outrageous scene-stealers as the extremely earthy assistant to Guillamar. Elizabeth Gale and Anthony Roden also made notable debuts.

Performance DatesKing Arthur 1970

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Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

14 Dec, 19.30 17 Dec, 19.30 19 Dec, 19.30

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