From Highbury Opera Theatre, the innovative company behind Fever Pitch: The Opera (‘A zinger of a production’ – Artibravi) comes The Weekend, an original comic opera based on Sir Michael Palin’s popular stage play.
World-weary retiree Stephen Febble wants nothing more than a quiet weekend at home. What he gets instead is a surprise visit from his needy daughter, her problematic husband, their excitable daughter, and a rampaging family dog. When Stephen’s long-suffering wife reminds him that it is their turn to host the village cocktail party, all of the ingredients are in place for a rollicking, sometimes dark-humoured ride through British family life, laced with Michael Palin's unique wit.
The Weekend is propelled by a jazz-inflected score from Scott Stroman and sharp-witted libretto from Tamsin Collison, the creative team behind Fever Pitch: The Opera. Created in 2020 when laughs were scarce, The Weekend is an ideal tonic for our times.
Running time 80min with no interval