Lovesong

Abi Morgan
Lovesong intertwines a couple in their 20s with the same man and woman a lifetime later. Their past and present selves collide in this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness.
Lovesong by Abi Morgan
Production
(2012)

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2011

Live Like Pigs

John Arden
Set in a 1950s council estate, Live Like Pigs follows the conflicts of three families who find themselves unwilling neighbours.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1957

London Road

Alecky Blythe, a playwright specialising in verbatim theatre, wrote London Road for the 2011 National Theatre production, later adapting it for the 2015 film. The text, taken from real-life accounts, follows the impact felt by the Ipswich community after a string of murders in 2006.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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2011

L'arbre des songes

Henri Dutilleux
L'arbre des songes (or The Tree of Dreams) is a violin concerto composed between 1983 and 1985. It was dedicated to violinist Isaac Stern.
Ravel, Dutilleux & Delage
London Symphony Orchestra
(2016)
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1985

L'Elisir d'Amore

Gaetano Donizetti
When the fraudulent Dr. Dulcamara extorts money from the lovesick Nemorino in exchange for a love potion, hilarious consequences befall the lovesick man and his darling, Adina.
Rolando Villazón and María Bayo in L'Elisir D'Amore
Gran Teatre del Liceu
(1999)
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1832

L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Claudio Monteverdi
Monteverdi's tangled love story and cautionary tale of the Emperor Nerone and his desirable mistress Poppea.
The cast of L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Photo: A Bofill)
Gran Teatre del Liceu
(2009)
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1643

La bohème

Giacomo Puccini
When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall passionately in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.
Mími (Hibla Gerzmava) and Rodolfo (Teodor Ilincai) © ROH/Johan Persson
Royal Opera House
(2009)
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1895

La Trashiata

Alison Jackson
Multi-award winning artist, photographer and filmmaker Alison Jackson, internationally renowned for satirical performance, presents this iconoclastic opera.
La Trashiata
HiBROW
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2014

La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi
Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love. But Violetta is seriously ill and Alfredo’s father disapproves of their relationship – can their love overcome such obstacles?
Alfredo (Joseph Calleja) and Violetta (Renée Fleming) © Catherine Ashmore
Royal Opera House
(2009)
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1853

Lady Windermere's Fan

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde's raucous tale of mismatched marriages and unlikely alliances is a romp through the dysfunctional high society scene of Victorian London. Lady Windemere is convinced that her husband is having an affair, and she is out to prove it. One of Wilde's most delicious pieces of debauchery, Lady Windemere's Fan gave life to the immortal aphorism: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
BBC Studios
(1985)
Production
LA Theatre Works
(1999)
Audio Theatre

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1892

Le Corsaire

Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a thrilling ballet about Conrad, a dashing pirate, and his love for Medora, a beautiful harem girl. It is a swashbuckling drama of captive maidens, rich sultans, kidnap and rescue, disguise and conspiracy, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck, which is one of the most breathtaking spectacles in ballet.
Medora (Alina Cojocaru) and Conrad (Vadim Muntagirov) © Photography by ASH
English National Ballet
(2013)
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1856

Le nozze di Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Figaro and Susanna are looking forward to their wedding day, but first they must outwit Figaro’s master Count Almaviva, who seems to have designs on Susanna.
Countess Almaviva (Sally Matthews) and Susanna (Lydia Teuscher) in Le nozze di Figaro © Glyndebourne. Photographer: Alastair Muir
Glyndebourne
(2012)
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1786

Le tombeau de Couperin

Maurice Ravel
This a suite for solo piano by Maurice Ravel was composed between 1914 and 1917. There are six movements based on those of a traditional Baroque suite, with each being dedicated to the memory of a friend of the composer (in one case, two brothers) who had died fighting in World War I.
Ravel, Dutilleux & Delage
London Symphony Orchestra
(2016)
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1919

Liberty Equality Fraternity

Geoffrey Atherden
Renowned Australian television writer Geoffrey Atherden explores issues surrounding privacy and personal freedoms in this popular comedy that, according to Atherden, seeks to portray our vulnerability to people’s ordinariness.
Liberty Equality Fraternity - Australian National Theatre Live 2014
Australian National Theatre Live
(2014)
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2013