Jane Austen's "Persuasion" coming to York, 22 July 2016

4th Annual International Tour, Chamber Opera Chicago to Deliver Professional Opera in Intimate Settings in Scotland and UK this Summer 2016

Chamber Opera Chicago, a professional not-for-profit opera company devoted to making great opera and musical theatre affordable, is excited to be performing its original musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s PERSUASION throughout the UK and Scotland this summer.

PERSUASION, which has toured multiple UK and US cities over the last four years, is one of Jane Austen's most admired novels – the story of a woman who has lost at love and gets a second chance. The Summer 2016 production will be touring with 40 artists - singers, dancers, and orchestra members - and will be presenting performances in Aberdeen, Stirling, York, Stratford Upon Avon, London and Lyme Regis from July 16-30th. 

With adaptation by Barbara Landis, this fully staged production features a chamber orchestra with Celtic and period instruments, authentic costuming and sets, beautiful projected scenery, and world-champion Irish dancers from the Trinity Irish Dance Company.

This widely acclaimed stage production features Stage Direction by Nick Sandys (British Director/Actor, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago) assisted by Kyle Dougan, Musical Direction by Linda Madonia, Choreography by Sara Stewart Schumann and Projected Scenery Design by John Boesche. 

Written at the height of her literary career, PERSUASION is one of the most compelling love stories ever penned. Anne Elliot has rejected a proposal of marriage from the one man she truly loved, Captain Frederick Wentworth. She was persuaded by her godmother that Captain Wentworth was unworthy, but after a separation of nearly a decade, he returns from sea with both rank and fortune. Anne is nearly an old maid and her once rich family faces bankruptcy. Can Anne win him back? Can he forgive her? Can their lost love be rekindled? 

July 22 - Joseph Rowntree Theatre - York 7:30 pm (£12 general admission/£8 concessions)

Book online at www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk or call 01904 50 1935

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Media Contact: Lori Gertz, USA (630) 915-1529, Lori@freakingeniusmarketing.com 

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Joseph Rowntree Theatre is York’s Art Deco theatre. Hosting concerts, plays, shows, pantomimes and musicals for the last 80 years by touring artists, groups and talented local companies, Joseph Rowntree Theatre has some of the most comfortable and roomy seats in York – perfect for relaxing and enjoying the show. All seats across stalls and the balcony have a completely unrestricted view of the stage; even the last ticket on sale guarantees a great seat! Its location on Haxby Road is just over a mile from the city centre, with free parking and public transport stopping outside the gates. Joseph Rowntree Theatre is part of York’s vibrant chocolate heritage, having been built by Joseph Rowntree as a community hall for those working at his confectionary factories, which still surround the theatre today. It continues to be a friendly, vibrant hub of live entertainment to which patrons return time and again. Since 2001 the Theatre has been run by a charitable trust to provide an affordable venue to over 30 performing hirers, thanks to the efforts of its 150 regular volunteers. These volunteers come from all walks of life, be they retired former members of amateur dramatic societies, or youngsters wanting to learn the skills of stage management and the technical aspects of theatre. www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk01904 50 1935

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