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Viennese Strauss Gala planned for Shanklin Theatre

Tue 27 Nov 2012

Viennese Strauss Gala planned for Shanklin Theatre

People taking Isle of Wight holidays this January may be interested in an exciting new production based on the Viennese Strauss Gala planned for the Shanklin Theatre, one of the island's most-loved venues.

Taking place at the theatre for the ninth consecutive year, the production has always been popular among islanders and visitors alike and is likely to attract even more attendees in its new format.

Organised by Strauss Gala Productions in conjunction with the theatre staff, it is hoped the show will recreate the romance and glamour of the Viennese festive season, featuring highlights from many of the Strauss family's acclaimed operettas.

Pieces involved in the performance are expected to include Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow and many more.

"This wonderful production is cleverly staged and choreographed, and authentically costumed, and will appeal to the romantic as much as the music aficionado. It continues to be hugely popular all over the country," said the Shanklin Theatre.

It will be held on 31st January, beginning at 19:30, with tickets available from the box office or online and priced at £18.

The performance will involve the European Orchestral Ensemble, who will accompany several leading soloists - while their names have not yet been confirmed, they will include musicians from major opera companies; including Opera North, English National Opera and D'Oyly Carte.

Johan Strauss became one of the 19th century's most famous composers of light classical music, with his two younger brothers also enjoying some success in this field.

He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music, along with operettas and a ballet.

Travellers staying on the Isle of Wight who hope to see the performance will also be able to enjoy the historic architecture of the impressive Shanklin Theatre, which was formerly known as The Institute and opened in 1879.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801495873-ADNFCR

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