Wales Millennium Centre and Cape Town Opera are to present the return of Mandela Trilogy, opening at Wales Millennium Centre on 24th August 2016, followed by a UK and Ireland Tour, finishing on 24th September 2016.
Mandela Trilogy, written and directed by Michael Williams with music by Peter Louis van Dijk and Mike Campbell, is a musical tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela and had its European premiere at Wales Millennium Centre in 2012.
Graeme Farrow, Artistic and Creative Director at Wales Millennium Centre said “Following its debut performances and fantastic reception at Wales Millennium Centre in 2009, we are delighted to be presenting Cape Town Opera’s Mandela Trilogy on a UK and Ireland tour next summer. Showcasing the talent of the hugely gifted Cape Town Opera’s company, this production will offer audiences a wonderful spectacle with its exceptional cast, award-winning chorus and original score. I’m delighted we are able to share the story of Nelson Mandela’s heroic and inspirational life, two years after his death. This tour is another step in the development of collaborative and exchange projects between the Centre and our strategic partner – Cape Town Opera.”
From tribal initiation rites on the banks of the Mbashe River, through the heady and rebellious jazz-fuelled days in Sophiatown, to incarceration and reflection on Robben Island and finally beyond, to freedom – this is the story of one of the world’s most iconic figures.
The incredible life of Nelson Mandela is brought vividly to the stage by Cape Town Opera in a large-scale celebration and tribute to the man who touched hearts and minds around the world.
Told in three parts by a cast and orchestra of over 60 South African performers, the music matches the vastly different phases of Mandela’s journey from freedom fighter to president. The upbeat jazz and swing-influenced songs of Sophiatown are framed by musical styles more familiar in contemporary opera – with a dash of Xhosa folk music that grounds the production in its African roots.
Written by two different composers, each Act is in stark contrast to the others, but with an over-arching dramatic theme that shines a light on the life of an extraordinary man.
For more information, visit http://www.wmc.org.uk/
TOUR SCHEDULE 2016
24-27 August Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Now on sale
www.wmc.org.uk 029 2063 6464
31 August-3 September Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre Now on sale
www.southbankcentre.co.uk 0844 847 9910
7-10 September Mayflower Theatre, Southampton Now on sale
www.mayflower.org.uk 02380 711811
14-17 September Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin Now on sale
www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie 0818 719 377
20-21 September Birmingham Hippodrome On sale soon
www.birminghamhippodrome.com 0844 338 5000
23-24 September Lowry Theatre, Salford Now on sale
www.thelowry.com 0843 208 6000