Tragic and comic classics updated

Troy Boy
Troy Boy
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Modern versions of two 19th century classics – one a tragic play, one a comic opera – will be staged at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth next week.

After Miss Julie is Patrick Marber’s take on Swedish writer August Strindberg’s drama about a sexual liaison across the class divide.

Marber’s version, set during celebrations of Labour’s landslide 1945 election victory, will be performed on Wednesday by London Classic Theatre.

Then on Saturday, March 12, the Merry Opera Company will perform Troy Boy.

This new adaptation of Offenbach’s story of Helen of Troy, La Belle Helene, is by Kit Hesketh-Harvey – one half of comedy duo Kit and the Widow.

The action has been transported to suburban England where Helen is fed up with her boring husband. So a visit to a Greek restaurant and a meeting encounter with a handsome waiter from Troy can lead only to trouble...

A contrasting performance at the NTR on Tuesday promises a journey of discovery, building bridges between two continents and revealing universal dreams of a better world.

Desert Crossings is a collaboration between UK-based State of Emergency and South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma, with five dancers from different cultures.

The production is inspired by the similarities between the Jurassic Coast on England’s south coast and the Skeleton Coast of Namibia.

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