Trouble in Tahiti and A Hand of Bridge

  • Trouble in Tahiti and A Hand of Bridge

    Sep 5th, 2020

Date: Saturday, 5th September 2020 at 7:30pm

Location: Theatre

Synopsis: Much like his later West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti is an irresistible mixture of Jazz and Symphonic Music; Gershwin, Ellington, and Mahler rolled into one. Typical of Bernstein, its underlying messages and themes are not hard to dissect, and they remain as important now as they did in the 1950’s.

In the same decade, Bernstein’s friend and rival Aaron Copland would write one of the shortest operas ever premiered, A Hand of Bridge, which similarly discusses an unhappy marriage as an allegory for contemporary American Society. Trouble in Tahiti and A Hand of Bridge form a perfect couple, their many musical idioms combining to form a glimpse into Eisenhower’s America, Postwar American Theatre, and the sounds of 1950’s New York.

Ticket prices:

Adult £15
Concession £10
Student/Under 18 £5