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The Fabulist Tickets

Charing Cross Theatre

A magician on the run falls for an eccentric screenwriter in this new musical, inspired by Italian composer Paisiello’s comic operettas.

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Classic opera and modern musical combine for the world premiere of The Fabulist at Charing Cross Theatre. This playful new show, inspired by Italian composer Giovanni Paisiello’s The Imaginary Astrologer, takes us to 1920s Tuscany where a magician on the run stumbles into love on a film set.

What is The Fabulist about?

In 1920s Italy, wandering fabulist - or top magician to the average person - Agrofontido is on the run from Mussolini and the Catholic Church. When he finds unexpected sanctuary on a bustling film set, he also finds something else: love. Smitten by eccentric screenwriter Clarice, Agrofontido is eager to win her hand in marriage… but romance is never simple.

Inspired by Giovanni Paisiello’s comedy operetta The Imaginary Astrologer - which was written for Catherine the Great - The Fabulist is a fast-paced and surprising new musical celebrating its world premiere at one of London’s most popular Off West End venues.

Creative Team

The Fabulist features music from Paisiello, who is best known for his bubbly, uplifting compositions. Paisiello was not only one of Rossini’s (The Barber of Seville) inspirations, he was also a favourite of Catherine the Great and Napoleon - and even composed the latter’s coronation music.

Writer James Farwell’s book takes some of the highlights of Paisiello’s work to create a new story set in 1920s Tuscany, when Mussolini’s fascist regime was at its height. It combines the sounds and themes of a classic with the exciting freshness of a new story about romance and self-discovery.

The show is directed by John Walton, with set and costume design by David Shields, lighting design by Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson, sound design by Andrew Johnson and musical direction and orchestration by Bobby Goulder.

Don’t Miss Tickets for The Fabulist at Charing Cross

Set a date for one of the quirkiest new musicals in London this year with The Fabulist tickets. Perfect for opera fans who want to enjoy an off-beat take on the genre or musical theatre fans who want to delve into something new, see it at Charing Cross Theatre for a strictly limited season this summer.

Performance dates:
12 Aug 2024 - 22 Sep 2024
Age recommendation:
TBC

Show Times

MatineeEvening
Monday--
Tuesday-7.30pm
Wednesday2.30pm7.30pm
Thursday-7.30pm
Friday-7.30pm
Saturday3.00pm7.30pm
Sunday3.00pm-
Matinee Shows
Performances start at 2.30pm or start at 3.00pm.
Evening Shows
Performances start at 7.30pm.
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