Don’t miss farcical opera in Louth

Riverhead favourites the New London Opera Group, pictured at a previous performance, make a welcome return this week

Riverhead favourites the New London Opera Group, pictured at a previous performance, make a welcome return this week

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A FARCICAL comedy of mixed identities, formidable fiancés, faked suicide, and dishonest gambling ensues comes to the Riverhead Theatre as the Louth venue welcomes back The New London Opera Group.

For their 2012 annual spring visit to Louth, the New London Opera Group presents a fully staged performance of Arthur Sullivan’s first comic opera, Cox & Box. Originally written for a private performance, with a libretto by F C Burnand, the editor of Punch, this one act gem is a fast-paced farce, filled with bright and witty music from the twenty-four year old Sullivan.

The piece rapidly entered the repertoire as an attractive curtain-raiser and was regularly performed by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, right up to their closure.

The opera tells the tale of Sergeant Bouncer, who unscrupulously lets the same room in his lodging house to a hatter (Cox) who works all day and a printer (Box) who works all night.

All goes well until one day, when Cox is given a day off.

In the second half of the programme, the gentlemen of the Cox and Box cast will be joined by a soprano and mezzo-soprano in a concert of songs, duets and concerted numbers from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

There will also be a special preview of the hotly anticipated production of Utopia Limited, which the group will bring to Louth in June.

This spring concert will take place on Saturday, March 10, at 7.30pm.

All tickets are £9 from the box office on 015070 600350.