You don’t know the music. You don’t know the story. You don’t know anyone who has seen it.
So why is this production causing such a buzz?
Perhaps it is because this all-new musical is a large-scale collaboration between Cape Town Opera and the world-famous Wales Millennium Centre, described by Andrew Lloyd Webber as “the best theatre built in the world in the last 50 years.”
Or maybe it is because of the wealth of talent and credentials in the production’s outstanding international creative team:
- Melly Still Acclaimed international director, designer and choreographer nominated for prestigious Olivier and Tony Awards.
- Kenneth Tharp Massively experienced cross-disciplinary collaborator in the fields of dance, music and opera. Awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to dance.
- Anna Fleischle Multi-award-winning set designer.
- John Owen-Jones One of the most popular actors of the lead in Phantom of the Opera, with over 2000 performances – more than any other actor in the West End production’s history.
- Daf James Award-winning writer, composer and performer, whose works have been performed worldwide. ‘One of the most exciting Welsh theatre artists of his generation.’ National Theatre Wales
- Michael Williams Responsible for bringing CTO to the forefront of the world stage when they won Best Opera Chorus 2013.
OK, so that’s definitely interesting. But what’s Tiger Bay about?
The setting is a Welsh coal-mining town in the early 1900s. It is a time of extreme poverty scraping an existence in the shadow of extreme wealth, and a revolution is brewing… And of course, as with all good stories, Michael Williams’ tale has good vs evil, love vs heartbreak, and wily heroes overcoming the odds.
And what else?
As well as a hugely talented cast, there is also an ensemble of 15 children who bring an added charm to the stage. Selected from diverse communities throughout the Western Cape, they have trained for months to perform as the Water Boys – the sharp-eyed street children who earn pennies by greasing the tracks for the coal carts.
In just a few weeks’ time, fans of musical theatre will have the rare opportunity to attend an opening performance of this world class new musical right here in Cape Town before it transfers to the UK in late 2017.
So where do I book?
Date: 20 to 27 May 2017
Venue: Artscape Opera House
Family packages and group discounts available