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Henry Purcell's King Arthur

a semi-opera by Henry Purcell to a libretto by John Dryden

When the worst happens - such as war or climate disaster - what can we rely on? We can rely on community, connection, and our individual and collective resourcefulness.

This fresh and timely production of Henry Purcell's King Arthur sees a group of people coming together in a wild landscape (not so far from our world or our time) to tell the story of a triumph of love over force, of community over self-interest. They use what they have - whether it's an old piece of sheet metal left behind from a storm or a beautiful branch of a tree - to conjure up the fantastical and outsized adventures of kings, princesses, and all manner of magical creatures. Sometimes it's fun, sometimes funny, sometimes tender, sometimes dark. Through telling this story, the people in the woods discover that their own simple existence, unremarkable as it might be, is a precious resource that is worth celebrating and protecting.

This semi-opera in five acts with music by Henry Purcell and a libretto by John Dryden is a spectacular fully-staged co-production with Design for Stage and Screen at IADT, Dun Laoghaire, directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks and conducted by David Adams.

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Preview - Sun 16 January 2022, 18:00

Tues 18 January 2022, 18:00
Wed 19 January 2022, 18:00
Fri 21 January 2022, 18:00
Sat 22 January 2022, 16:00


Conductor: David Adams

Director: Aoife Spillane-Hinks

Movement Director: Libby Seward

Cast and Orchestra: RIAM Tertiary Students

Set, Costume and Make-Up Design: Design for Stage and Screen, IADT

Lighting Design: Kevin Smith

Producer: Kathleen Tynan, RIAM