Take a melancholy prince, a cantankerous witch and the curse of a love strange and strong: an unquenchable passion of unusual fashion for not just one orange, but three! Add an infectious march, some fantastical farce and a kingdom of curious characters, and you have Prokofiev's surreal, screwball fairytale for adults.
This Russian gem is juicy, sweet and a trifle acerbic, just like the proverbial oranges. A brilliant all-Australian cast performs the lively English translation by playwright Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead).
Eye-popping costumes, physical comedy and sets of acid colour combine with the composer's bright melodies in an opera that never takes itself too seriously.
A melancholy prince
A cantankerous witch
Three oranges, ripe for plucking
A dash of bitters, a splash of romance
A cocktail of fantastical farce
|Revival Director||Matthew Barclay|
|Set Designer||George Tsypin|
|Costume Designer||Tanya Noginova|
|Lighting Designer||Mark Howett|
|Assistant Director||John Sheedy
|The King of Clubs||David Parkin|
|The Prince||Rosario La Spina|
|Princess Clarissa||Margaret Trubiano|
|Fata Morgana||Antoinette Halloran|
|Princess Linetta||Eva Kong|
|Princess Nicoletta||Catherine Bouchier|
|Princess Ninetta||Julie Lea Goodwin|
|The Cook||Adrian Tamburini|
|Master of Ceremonies||Graeme Macfarlane|
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 15-minutes, including one 20-minute interval.
Performed in English in a translation by Tom Stoppard, with English surtitles.
The prince is melancholy, tragic poetry to blame. Prescription? Laughter! While the court scrambles to amuse the prince, it's a witch that finally does the trick — tripping over and revealing her knickers. His laugh angers the witch, who curses the prince with an obsessive love for three oranges. The Prince and his jester march off to find the oranges, kept in the kitchen of a murderous cook.
But not everyone is on the prince's side — the Prime Minister is plotting to kill him!
Does true love lie under that thick orange skin? Will the witch come back for revenge? Will the evil Prime Minister succeed?
In this farcical fairytale, you never know what's around the corner.