13 July - 18 August
By Samuel Adamson
Running time: 2 hours 40 mins (approx) including interval
The English Concert
Rich / Tapster /Mary's Liquid Hills Advisor
Arabella / Kate
Stephen Anthony Brown
Tenor / Mary's Starling Attendant
Trumpet Strikes Servant 2 / Sir Sirplus / Francis
Sir Redundant / Betterton / Matthew
Peter Hamilton Dyer
Wigmaker / Sir Doesnotmatter / Rake 2 / Phoebus / Coridon
Bill / Neighbour
Dr Radcliffe / Briggs / Rake / Husband
William / Arabella Actor 3 / Parson
Trumpet Strikes Servant 3 / Sir Cockmerry / Ned / Rake 3 / Hole in the Wall Drinker
Joan / Midwife / Arabella Actor 2
Mary's Attendant / Starling Attendant / Mopsa
Lewis / Peter / Christopher
Dutchwoman / James-Amy / Caroline / Lady Curious / Wife
Alice / Lady Victim / Hannah
Violin + Leader
This production has now closed.
‘This is London in the 1690s, the monster city tamed into awe by our only Orpheus: Purcell.’
Award-winning playwright Samuel Adamson brings a teeming world of intersecting narratives to the Globe stage with real & imagined characters: monarchs, prostitutes, wigmakers, composers, transvestites and watermen. Alison Balsom, one of the world’s finest trumpeters brings this world to life with the music of Purcell and Handel.
Gabriel overflows with the extreme emotions of lust, despair, love and grief (with a dash of saucy humour) and brings some of the finest music ever written to a space uniquely suited to it.
‘Every day three trumpet calls from the theatres on the Bankside, then songs would float over the thatch and roll across the water and make my work sweet.’
Please note: Contains some saucy language and rude bits.
"If you love Purcell and Handel, I challenge you not to love this show. The production amounts to a celebration of life."
★★★★★ The Telegraph
"It is an exceptional evening unified by Dominic Dromgoole's production, which marries the bawdy and the beautiful."
★★★★ The Guardian
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