A Musical Tale | 120 minutes
Libretto by Alasdair Middleton
*The original version for 8 performers was designed for the requirements of the Young Vic theatre, but a large ensemble company may use more performers and cast all the characters and chorus separately if they desire.
“Love makes you happy. Love makes you cruel”. It’s the old story – King goes off to war, tell his daughters not to go into a locked room containing the Book of Fate, daughters don’t listen and one of them ends up marrying a pig. Drawing on Romanian and Norwegian folk tales, this magical family show, which has its trotters in the worlds of opera and musical theatre, has delighted audiences in more than 150 performances in the UK and USA.
This dynamic work, with its humour and clarity of lyrical presentation is through-composed for a cast of opera singers and singing actors, and its mixture of fairy tale and the universal appeal of the mythological, with all its range and depth of meaning, is captivating for audiences of all ages.
When you're a princess you expect a fairy tale wedding. You don't expect your husband to be a hairy, smelly and a genuine pig. The pig, of course, is an enchanted prince but Flora loses him almost as soon as she finds him. Taking her fate into her own hands, she ventures to the ends of the earth and even into the sky until at last she frees him from the evil spell that binds him.
Commissioned by The Young Vic
EP7785 - Available from Edition Peters
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