Festival theatre, EdinburghTchaikovsky’s make-believe kingdoms shimmer with considerable fairy cool in a sophisticated and elegant production
This Christmas, we’ve asked some of our favourite musicians to create a playlist for their Christmas morning. Each weekday between now and 24 December we’ll feature a different artist’s spotify playlist; the series kicks off with trumpeter Alison Balsom’s festive selection, from Bach to Drake to Disney.
Welsh National Opera performing project puts the spotlight on the stagehands
The ENO’s first opera for children adapts a beloved picture book by Oliver Jeffers into a show aimed at five- to eight-year-olds. They have added not only music, but also a good deal of backstory – including a severe case of flatulence for a silent, but deadly, penguin.
A boy flies a plane and ends up on the moon, having run out of petrol. There he meets a Martian, whose flying saucer has crash-landed. Together they find a way back home – the alien to her blobby father, the boy to his penguin. But the boy is compelled to chatter, while the Martian craves silence. My five-year-old, who sat transfixed through the entire 50 minutes but afterwards pronounced it all “too noisy”, was on the Martian’s side.
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