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Fantastique

We bring our groundbreaking Orchestral Theatre staging of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (from memory)

Mathew Baynton actor
Nicholas Collon conductor
Jane Mitchell & James Bonas directors
Kate Wicks production designer
Will Reynolds consultant designer
Cydney Uffindell-Phillips movement consultant

Concept and script by Jane Mitchell


Tue 27 September 2022, 7.30pm
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
Tickets £15-£69 (plus booking fee)

Waltz through a glittering ball, enter a feverish dream, march to your own execution, and spin into dark delirium at a witches’ sabbath. Take on the opium-infused visions of a tortured artist haunted by unrequited passion in this Orchestral Theatre production of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, this epoch-making work unfolds as a cinematic fantasy full of wild imagination and demonic madness – by turns gorgeous and grotesque.

Aurora Orchestra and actor Mathew Baynton (Horrible Histories, Ghosts) invite you on a creative orchestral journey through Berlioz’s hallucinatory tale of ecstasy and despair, passion and obsession. This unique theatrical concert interweaves a memorised performance of the Symphonie fantastique with stage design, lighting, movement and Berlioz’s own words about his music, alongside a presentation of the work’s musical ideas with live excerpts. Premiered at the BBC Proms in 2019 as one of the most talked-about orchestral events of the past decade, the production return to London this autumn for a special one-off performance at the Royal Festival Hall.

“Deeply felt, immersive music music-making at its best” (★★★★★ The Evening Standard)

“Not just by heart, but with heart.” (★★★★ The Times)

“A triumph, a wacky, psychedlic ride. Truly Berlioz on acid.” (★★★★ Bachtrack)

 

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Orchestral Theatre staging concept by Aurora Orchestra.