Friday 20th November, 2015
Sponsored by Val & Rob Sargent
Dirs: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
Starring: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina
This season’s classic is the dazzling Powell and Pressburger musical extravaganza, based on Jacques Offenbach’s opera of 1881. A poet remembers the three women he has loved. The first he recalls is Olympia, a beautiful automaton with whom he falls in love, unaware that she is not a real woman. In the second story he is seduced by Giulietta, a Venetian courtesan, who harbours secret and very weird intentions! Finally, there is the tragic tale of Antonia, an exquisite soprano who, because of a cruel illness, will die if she sings. A lavish production, beautifully restored, “The Tales of Hoffmann” remains a real treat for the senses.