Love and revenge

CHEERS! Christian Morrall and Vicki Hathaway star in Fledermaus.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (120713-1)
CHEERS! Christian Morrall and Vicki Hathaway star in Fledermaus. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120713-1)
Students at the merged Havant and South Downs College receiving their results this morning Picture: Tamara Siddiqui

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A COMEDY about love, revenge and lots of partying took audiences on a rollercoaster ride at Southsea’s Kings Theatre.

Die Fledermaus – Johann Strauss’ comic operetta about a baron’s revenge on a man at a costumed party by getting people drunk to reveal their indiscretions – was performed at the venue in Albert Road.

The glitzy production by the University of Portsmouth Dramatic and Musical Society brought the 19th century composition into the modern era thanks to a fun English translation that made references to parts of Portsmouth.

Harriet Collins, 23, who is in the chorus, said: ‘The performances went really well.

‘Even though it’s an operetta, it’s a light-hearted fun piece that appeals to everyone. You don’t have to be a serious opera-goer to understand and enjoy it.’