The Marriage of Basil: Mozart's classic with a twist

Posted by mjs76 at Sep 28, 2010 12:40 PM |
Non accenni la guerra! -- A new take on The Marriage of Figaro comes to Leicester next month when Knighton Chamber Orchestra, in association with the University of Leicester’s arts centre Embrace Arts, present Mozart’s classic… in the style of Fawlty Towers.

The parallels are there to see. Figaro the footman and Basil Fawlty are both somewhat paranoid, sure that other people are having fun around them, and liable to jump to conclusions. The Countess resembles Sybil Fawlty in her superior attitude, Susanna the Maid (betrothed to Figaro) is akin to Polly, and then there’s Don Basillio the music teacher who might well be ‘from Barcelona’.

This is a full production of the opera in 1970s dress which, by taking a smidgeon of inspiration from John Cleese’s classic sitcom, is infused with the frenetic energy that Mozart’s farce demands. A few of the set dressings may seem familiar too.

The Marriage of Figaro will be presented at Fraser Noble Hall on Thursday 7 October, Friday 8 October and Saturday 9 October 2010. Tickets cost £8/£6 for Thursday, £10/£9 for Friday and Saturday from the Embrace Arts box office. Kick-off is 7.00pm.

Knighton Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Paul Jenkins who has a day-job in our Department of Chemistry as Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry.