Belsize Opera

The Dowager’s Oyster

Directed by: Jack Cherry

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.