4th July – WELSH NATIONAL OPERA
On the stage – for five days – WELSH NATIONAL OPERA – For their first visit of the year Welsh National Opera brought back one of their most popular productions of CARMEN which they staged on Tuesday and Friday. Benjamin Britten‘s THE TURN OF THE SCREW based on the tale of a menacing world of malevolent forces where a young governess fights to save the souls of two children from the ghosts of two dead servants. The intimate production played on Thursday. The highlight of the visit was the production on Wednesday and Saturday of Richard Straus‘DER ROSENKAVALIER. Revisiting the Mayflower this lavish production telling the story of an older woman who tries to give up her young lover to another with dignity. Ane evening of romance, costume and spectacle..
11th July – DOCTOR DOOLITTLE
On the stage – for six weeks – DOCTOR DOOLITTLE – Mayflower –
Doctor Dolittle is a stage musical with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, based on the 1967 movie of the same name and the children’s stories by Hugh Lofting about the adventures of a doctor who learns to speak the language of various animals and treats them as patients. The musical features the same songs as the film (which starred Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley and Richard Attenborough), including the Academy Award-winning “Talk To The Animals”.
The stage musical had its world premiere in London at the Hammersmith Apollo in 1998, followed by this tour of the UK starring TV presenter and personality Phillip Schofield in the title role. The role played by Anthony Newley in the film was played by Irish television presenter and actor Bryan Smyth . The production was directed by Steven Pimlott, designed by Mark Thompson, lighting designed by Hugh Vanstone, choreographed by Aletta Collins and featured animal puppets provided by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. The production also featured the pre-recorded voice of Julie Andrews as Polynesia the parrot. Following his run as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium (after replacing Jason Donovan), Doctor Dolittle was Schofield’s second stage musical he starred in. Leslie Bricusse he wanted someone younger than Rex Harrison was in the original movie. The production’s budget was £4 million, at the time one of the most expensive musicals ever staged.
28th August – DREAM CONCERTS
Live – One night only – DREAM CONCERTS – This was another Dream Concert that comprised two tribute acts, Millenium performing the catalogue of Robbie Williams and D*Witched recreating the look and sounds of girl band B*Witched.
31st August – POSTMAN PAT
On the stage – for four days – HAPPY BIRTHDAY POSTMAN PAT – It’s Pat’s birthday and whilst everyone in Greendale wishes Pat a ‘Happy Birthday’ Pat mistakenly believes that there will be no celebration because his wife Sara is too busy! Meanwhile at Greendale Post Office a large mystery parcel is delivered. Join Pat and Jess on the post round, keep Pat’s surprise party a secret, sing-a-long to Postman Pat’s song, come shopping at Sam’s mobile shop, meet the hens at Greendale Farm, discover what’s in the mystery parcel and enjoy the party.