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When a Man Knows - Bridewell Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DISTINGUISHED bass-baritone Ian Caddy will direct the first stage performances of Robert Hugill’s opera When a Man Knows at Bridewell Theatre – from Thursday, March 31 to Saturday, April 2, 2011.

Described as a gripping new opera, When a Man Knows is presented by FifteenB Theatre Company. It uses just four singers and four instrumentalists to create a tense music drama

When a Man Knows was first presented in concert on June 13, 2010, at St. John’s Church, London, with a second performance as part of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. It will be presented at the Bridewell Theatre in a revised version.

The opera is based on the award-winning play of the same name by Scottish playwright Alan Richardson. The play has been aptly described as ‘dark, disturbing and imaginative – a compelling and intriguing piece of writing’.

The central premise of When a Man Knows is that a man is tied up in a warehouse. But why is he there? Before long, the shocking truth is revealed.

When a Man Knows stars soprano Zoe South (Don Carlos, Midsummer Opera) as the woman and baritone Dario Dugandzic as the man, with Sarah Barham and John Beaumont as the male and female chorus. They are accompanied by an instrumental ensemble conducted by David Roblou, musical director of Midsummer Opera.

Lighting is by Matt Haskins whose credits include Alexander Talevi’s recent production of The Turn of the Screw at Opera North.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions – available from the Tower Theatre Company box office, telephone 020 7353 1700 or online at

Time: 8pm.