BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

29 October 2014
OxfordOxford

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Oxford
Things to do
People & Places
Nature
History
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Oxford

Beds Herts Bucks
Berkshire
Coventry
Gloucestershire
Northampton
Wiltshire

Related BBC Sites

England
 

Contact Us


March, 2003
Review: La Boheme - Oxford Playhouse
La Boheme
Adam Smyth, Kiri Parker and Jordan Bell in the student production of La Boheme.


Sheldon Barwick was absorbed by the student action of La Boheme at
the Oxford Playhouse.


SEE ALSO


Review: Moon of a Rainbow Shawl

Director's notes: 'Orwell's nightmare is becoming reality'.


WEB LINKS


Apollo Theatre

Pegasus Theatre

Creation Theatre Company

Oxford Playhouse

If you want your theatre group's website added to this index contact us.
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.


PRINT THIS PAGE

View a printable version of this page.

get in contact

By Sheldon Barwick

This production of La Boheme is Oxford City Opera’s first fully-staged production.

Merle Fairhurst as Mimi in
Merle Fairhurst as Mimi in La Boheme.

The company is striving to revive a tradition of staging opera in the city and if this first production is anything to go by, it should be very successful.

From the moment the cast came on stage there was no sense of opening-night nerves with great performances from the offing.

The sets, while not greatly complicated, were very effective and extremely well lit. All the cast handled their parts impeccably – from the comic in the opening scene to the tragic in the ending (but I won’t tell you what happens!

This was all handled by a very capable musical director. The only small flaw was some nervousness in the orchestra, but this did not detract from the performance.

Equally good was the stage direction. The characters really pulled you in and you connected with them all. The performance is also subtitled.

I had not been to a performance with subtitling before and I found it really useful and, once I was used to it, found it didn’t intrude at all into the performance.

The roles of Marcello, Mimi and Musetta are shared between two performers each and I am sure that the performers I did not see tonight will fill the roles just as well.

The production was very good, and hopefully will provide a stepping-stone to even better things in the future. Oxford City Opera is definitely a company to watch.


Another production of La Boheme is playing at the Oxford Apollo.


March 20 - 21
Time: 19:30;
Tickets: £13 - £39

Click here for Oxford Apollo details


line
Top | Stage Index | Home
Reviews Archive Stage
Stage review archive

Oxford venue guide

Listings page


The Weather Click for flicks Harry Potter fan site Contact Us
Write:
BBC Oxford,
269 Banbury Road,
Oxford,
OX2 7DW
E-mail:
oxford@bbc.co.uk
Phone:
08459 311 111



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy