Sat 2nd Nov 2019, 7:30pm

The Greek Passion

Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne

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In a remote Greek community, the villagers are casting roles for the upcoming Passion play. Manolios is cast as Christ, the widow Katerina will play Mary Magdalene, and her lover Panait is to be Judas.

When refugees arrive in the village, fleeing conflict and seeking shelter, the community becomes divided. Do the refugees present a threat, or should they be welcomed with compassion? When Manolios and Katerina take their side, an inexorable chain of events is set in motion…

Martin?’s rarely-performed opera creates a spectacular soundscape deploying large orchestral and choral forces in a drama that proceeds with filmic fluidity. Christopher Alden directs a superb ensemble headed by Nicky Spence, with Garry Walker conducting what is set to be one of the essential operatic events of the year.

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