Welcome To The Third Stage
…the home for our range of spoken word and music events in the informal surroundings of the Theatre Royal’s Dress Circle Foyer. The bar will be open so take your seat, relax and enjoy.
In 1941, German troops surrounded the city of Leningrad, in what would come to be known as the Leningrad Blockade, a siege of more than 2 years, and one that would claim the lives of more than 1,000,000 men, women, and children. In the midst of this devastation, composer Dmitri Shostakovich stayed behind, completing his “symphony for the people.”
And on August 9, 1942, Shostakovich, Karl Ilitch Eliasberg, and his battered, starving Leningrad Radio Orchestra, brought music to the people when they needed it most.
This is more than a story of war. This is the story of the sound that lifted an entire city in its darkest hour, instilling renewed faith in our capabilities as individuals, as well as the dignity and power that art may serve.
Raving Mask Theatre present this award-winning production, with standout performances and live music ensuring a gripping evening.
Before the performance, there will be the opportunity to hear Vasily Petrenko’s acclaimed RLPO recording of Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony in full, in state-of-the-art hi-fi sound, courtesy of Nottingham HiFi Centre. Neil Bennison, Music Programme Manager for the Royal Concert Hall, will introduce the symphony.
Winner of the Buxton Festival Fringe 2016 JOHN BEECHER AWARD
Venue: Theatre Royal
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"...an emotional tour de force..."
“Gripping show, beautifully crafted and acted, arousing powerful emotions whilst the music of Shostakovich shakes your innards and pierces your emotionally vulnerable soul. Stirring stuff.”
"The audience is swept along by excellent performances and, for 70 enthralling minutes, sees Leningrad..."Wild Times, Tunbridge Wells