Genre: Musical Tale
Opened 14 Dec 2006
Written: Music by Jonathan Dove, Words by Alasdair Middleton
Directed: John Fulljames
Produced: Young Vic & The Opera Group co-production
Cast: Rodney Clarke (Pig)
Synopsis: When you’re a princess you expect a fairytale wedding. You don’t expect your husband to be hairy, smelly and a genuine pig. The pig, of course, is an enchanted prince but Flora loses him almost as soon as she finds him. Taking her fate into her own hands, she ventures to the ends of the earth and even into the sky until at last she frees him from the evil spell that binds him.
What the critics had to say.....
FIONA MOUNTFORD for EVENING STRANDARD says, "For the second time in three months, the rebuilt Young Vic curiously opts for a show that is more opera than theatre. This adaptation of a Romanian folktale is certainly the most ambitious festive family offering in London, but the musical complexity makes it a tough ask of smaller children, as well as adults with lazy ears." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says,"Exhilarating opera for children...witty, versatile lyrics by Alasdair Middleton and an inspiring through-sung score by Jonathan Dove." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "The real success of the show, designed by Dick Bird, is its combination of realism and romance." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Doesn’t quite deliver the excitement one had hoped for."