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Belsize Opera

The Dowager’s Oyster

Directed by Jack Cherry
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Cynthia and her aged mother, the Dowager, are holidaying on the French island of Oleron. Cynthia’s fiancé can’t join them – he’s on his own journey of discovery with a secret gay lover in Morocco. But when Cynthia and Dowager bump into old friends, gossip abounds and confusion ensues. It isn’t long before events are spiralling out of all control…

Gilbert and Sullivan meets Agatha Christie in this new, full-length operetta; a murder-mystery farce set in the roaring 1920s.

Louis Mander, described by Stephen Fry as a “preposterously talented composer”, premieres an original score with words and direction by Jack Cherry.


Claire Barnett Jones


Aidan Coburn


Julian Debreuil

Dr Gibaud

Tom Morss


Caroline Kennedy


Melanie Lodge

The Dowager

Henry Neill


Jane Wilkinson



Louis Mander


Jack Cherry


Jack Cherry

Music Direction

Louis Mander

Set and Costume Design

Anna Driftmier

Lighting Design

Jessica Bernberg
Standard £15
Concessions £12

Tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Start time: 7.30pm.

Running time: 90 minutes approximately (including interval).

Suitable for 7+

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020 7503 1646

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