UCOpera presented the British premiere of Charles Gounod’s rarely performed opera Polyeucte on 19 March 2018 at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London. Performances continued on 21, 23 and 24 March, receiving critical acclaim by theatre reviewers from the Guardian, Telegraph and The Stage, as well as audiences.
“Extraneous theatrics are abandoned and human relationships come to the forefront…with fine minimalist designs…not to be missed.” Mark Ronan
“Polyeucte is a fine show, terrific singing and great drama. And beautifully designed. You won’t see it again in a hurry.” David Glynn
“There was a stark elegance to Raphaé Memon’s set design of mobile black panels against a coloured backdrop.” Yehuda Shapiro, Opera [In print April 2018]
“Polyeucte covers a lot of musical, atmospheric and scenic ground…a memorable evening of great ambition and the kind of gutsy, wholehearted fulfilment UCO produces year after year.” Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now [In print May 2018]
In May 2018 Polyeucte won Best Design at the Arts Colours Awards in Cafe de Paris, London.
Conductor | CHARLES PEEBLES
Director | THOMAS GUTHRIE
Designer | RAPHAÉ MEMON
Lighting Designer | ALEX FOREY
Photos by Mishaal Memon and Teo Della Torre
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