The Moderate Soprano

West End

Producer & General Manager

Playful Productions produced and general managed the West End premiere of David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano. Directed by Jeremy Herrin The Moderate Soprano opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 12 April with previews from 5 April and will run for a strictly limited season until 30 June.

The two great passions in John Christie’s life were opera and a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay, with whom he was completely smitten. Together with formidable drive, they fuelled what many first saw as a monumental folly in the South Downs. Glyndebourne was triumphantly born amidst stiff manhattans, rolling lawns and the sound of sheep from across the HaHa. It was to become revered the world over.

David Hare’s new play, first seen at Hampstead Theatre, is the story of an intense love affair and the unrelenting search for artistic excellence in the face of searing scrutiny, sacrifice and the impending Second World War.

“Hits the high notes. Rich, funny, touching” The Guardian ★★★★ 

“Pitch perfect acting” Time Out ★★★★ 

“Fervently recommended” Independent  ★★★★

The Moderate Soprano was produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon for Playful Productions, Caro Newling for Neal Street Productions, Karl Sydow and Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre in association with Raymond Gubbay and Bob Bartner.