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Watch: 'We all want our life to be "king-sized"'

Music from Purcell, The Kinks and The Jackson 5 in a witty exploration of hopes and dreams.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

30 March 2015 at 11.59am | 1 Comment

On 14 April 2015, Christoph Marthaler’s King Size opens in the Linbury Studio Theatre. A witty reimagining of the traditional ‘Leiderabend’, or ‘evening of song’, Christoph uses songs from a wide span of lyrical history to explore our unconscious desires.

The production, first performed in Basel in 2013, features songs ranging from Purcell to The Kinks to The Jackson 5, blurring the lines between opera and musical theatre.

‘At the heart of this production is the difference between the way you imagined your life would turn out and your real circumstances’, says dramaturg Malte Ubenauf. ‘We all want our life to be “king-sized” in the true sense of the word, but the contradiction between our hopes and reality is sometimes only seen during sleep and dreams. It’s only very rarely visible in real life.’

The production, starring Tora Augestad, Michael von der Heide, Nikola Weisse and Bendix Dethleffsen, is set in a huge hotel bedroom.

‘The whole location is seemingly without secrets, but throughout the evening you realize that, within this room, there are some very hidden surprises.’

King Size runs 14–18 April 2015. Tickets are still available.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

30 March 2015 at 11.59am

This article has been categorised Music and tagged by Christoph Marthaler, Christoph Marthaler, King Size, Michael von der Heide, Nikola Weisse, Tora Augestad

This article has 1 comment

  1. Angela Toyne responded on 17 April 2015 at 8:19am Reply

    Cannot understand why this is at the ROH. Went last night & it is truly appalling done by people who cannot sing, and when they try to it is often so soft (and out of tune) that we could barely hear it in the 3rd row. There are also verbal comments/monologues in German without subtitles so that their meanings or relevance is lost. Avoid!

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