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Hampstead Garden Opera enchants with Jonathan Dove’s opera for all ages

02 November, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Jonathan Dove’s magical opera The Enchanted Pig is Hampstead Garden Opera’s keenly awaited autumn production.

It is opening at Jacksons Lane Theatre, Highgate, next Friday, with 11 further performances through to Saturday November 19.


Jonathan Dove

This is the HGO’s second Dove opera, following their critically acclaimed production of his Mansfield Park four years ago.

“The Enchanted Pig is a magical journey of an opera,” says director Laura Attridge. “Based on a Romanian fairy tale, the story explores the differ­ent forms love can take – and celebrates love’s transformative powers.

“Our protagonist is Flora, a princess who goes literally to the ends of the earth – and beyond! – to rescue her husband, the eponymous Enchanted Pig, from the Old Woman who has kidnapped him. On the way, she meets an extraordinary array of characters, each with something to teach her, including Mrs and Mrs North Wind, Moon, Sun and Day.

“The opera is hilarious but it’s also moving and meaningful. It will appeal to all ages, no matter what their past experience of opera.”

The Enchanted Pig, Jacksons Lane Theatre, Highgate, N6. 0800 411 8881, www.hgo.org.uk November 10-19 (no performance Monday 13th). 7.30pm, Sundays 4pm. Concessions for certain performances

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