PARENTS AND grandparents, once you finally have some time to yourselves, why not unwind at the theatre or a concert? Treat yourself to Hampstead Theatre’s production of Filthy Business, a new play by Ryan Craig. It runs until April 22 and is described as a “fiery family comedy”. Sara Kestelman takes the lead role of matriarch Yetta Solomon.
It is 1968, and we are in east London. Yetta has built a thriving business from nothing, despite insufficient capital, economic downturns and aggressive competition.
Now she faces her toughest challenge so far: her family. In a rapidly changing Britain, Yetta must protect the shop and keep it in the Solomon family. But her sons, grandchildren and in-laws have other ideas. For once, a family row we can just sit back and enjoy.
Another treat will be The English Concert’s programme at the Wigmore Hall, London on June 7. Entitled Esnoga: Jerusalem of the North, is “an exploration of Jewish musical treasures from the 17th and 18th centuries”. The performance will include music by Rossi, Uccellini, Marcello, Lidarti and Cervetto and the orchestra will be joined by countertenor Christopher Ainsley as well as featuring principals Nadja Zwiener (violin/ leader) and Joseph Crouch (cello).
Amsterdam and Venice, two great cities of music in the 17th and 18th centuries, were not just hubs of trade and culture but home to large Jewish communities.
Many had fled to Holland to escape from persecution in Portugal and Spain and built Amsterdam’s Esnoga Synagogue (at that time, the largest shul in the world).
Religious freedom in both cities gave rise to a fusion of cultures, particularly in music.
Reconstructed from manuscripts held in Durham Cathedral’s archives, the programme also features a world première of Giacobo Basevi Cervetto’s Cello Concerto in G major, performed by The English Concert’s principal cellist Joseph Crouch. A popular member of the Drury Lane theatre orchestra, Cervetto (16821783), an Italian cellist and composer of Jewish descent, was one of a number of Italian musicians who brought the cello into favour in England, having moved from Italy in 1738.
If your children are age 11-plus, do not worry about babysitting — take them with you to see The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, now at London’s Criterion Theatre.
Described as “Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers”, it is the latest show from Mischief Theatre.
A priceless diamond has been entrusted to a bank but this is in a town where everyone is a crook and not even the seagulls can be trusted. What could possibly go wrong?
Still running in London’s West End is Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery but everything that can go wrong, does.
Now at the Duchess Theatre, the play is also on tour in UK and Ireland this year.
Either of these shows would make a brilliant introduction to grown-up theatre-going.
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