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article imageTwo new slightly off-beat London shows

By Alexander Baron     Sep 29, 2013 in Entertainment
London - The West End of London and its less central venues are the launching pads for numerous new productions every year. Some are more avante-garde than others.
Nudity is not exactly unknown to the London stage; there was Oh! Calcutta! for one, which was extremely controversial, even as the Swinging Sixties faded out. Opera in the nude though? Well, yes and no, or rather yes and maybe. Opera Naked isn't really an opera; like the aforementioned Oh! Calcutta! it is a review. It opens at the St James Studio on October 15 for a six day run only. There was a free preview on September 13 - which you have missed - but you can book on-line.
There is also a website called Unexpected Opera which gives an insight into this and related shows.
Storm In A Flower Vase is already running; its limited season started September 13 and finishes October 12. It is based on the life of a rather unusual woman, Constance Spry (1886–1960) who put her education as a nurse to use as a florist. Well, something like that.
The play is written by actor Anton Burge, who judging by his all round success appears to know what he is doing. It remains to be seen if the at times so fickle theatre-going public will appreciate his latest effort.
Here are flyers for both of the above shows.
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