Charles Court Opera

Upcoming Events

The Mikado
Sunday 14 May
Corn Exchange

Charles Court Opera has been described as one of the leading and most versatile chamber opera and music theatre companies in the UK.

In 2022, after the success of The Pirates of Penzance last year, they are to co-produce HMS Pinafore with Opera Holland Park, and will present their acclaimed productions of Patience and Express G&S – A murderous musical mystery tour on tour.  They are also collaborating with IF Opera (formerly Iford Arts) to present The Man in the Moon, their interactive new musical for families which focusses on ecological matters, written by John Savournin and Samuel Bordoli – a former composer in residence at Scottish Opera – which was originally commissioned by the Concordia Foundation.  This project will visit schools around the UK, IF Opera’s festival in August, and tour to regional venues and schools in the Autumn.  They will also release their new radio series for children ‘Open Up the Opera House’ in collaboration with Little Radio and CBBC’s Chris Jarvis.

In 2021, they presented Express G&S in London’s Pleasance theatre, before embarking on a UK tour of their brand new production of Iolanthe and their “five-star heaven” 2018 production of The Mikado.  In the Winter season, they returned to the King’s Head Theatre for their annual ‘Boutique panto’ – Beowulf: an epic panto.  The production received high praise, garnering five “Offies” award nominations.

They are considered one of the champions of the reinvigoration of Gilbert and Sullivan, described as “the masters of G&S in small places” and winning the 2020 Off-West-End award for Best Opera Production for H.M.S. Pinafore.

Their notorious ‘Boutique Pantos’ are a legendary part of London’s Christmas, known for their ‘off-piste’ nature and described by the Telegraph as “an annual madhouse”.

CCO are committed to devising new work, education and outreach, recently securing a Concordia Foundation Legacy Award from Gillian Humphreys OBE, to create ‘Young Audiences’ projects for schools over the next 4 years.  More information on CCO Outreach and Education initiatives can be found here.

During 2020 and 2021, CCO remained consistently adaptive and responsive.  Aside from raising over £10,000 for freelance performers and theatre practitioners that were engaged to be working with them, they commissioned a series of online work, including regular Choral Workshops, craft and cooking videos and their ‘Dial-a-song’ service, which aimed to combat loneliness and isolation during The Lockdowns.

Their ‘lock down’ pantomime, Snow White in the Seven Months of Lockdown, was filmed exclusively for online release in collaboration with the King’s Head Theatre, of which they are proud to be an associate company.  They also released a studio cast recording of Iolanthe, again in collaboration with the King’s Head.

They have performed across the UK in venues ranging from pub theatres to concert halls, toured to the US and Europe, and have co-produced operas with the Iford Arts Festival and Musique Cordiale as a visiting company.

They have presented a wide range of repertoire aside from Gilbert Sullivan, including Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Puccini’s La Bohème and Tosca, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Impresario, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, and an evening of the Avant Garde including music by Ligeti, Maxwell Davies and Schoenberg, linked to a composition education project supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and RC Sherriff Trust.

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