Opera on the Beach is back in Thanet this Summer. Grab a deckchair, towel, picnic and head for the sands in Ramsgate and Margate for a night of open air culture.
Semele in Ramsgate
The Garsington Opera for All screening will take place during the Ramsgate Festival, which runs from July 22-30.
Handel’s sparkling masterpiece Semele will be screened in just four areas across the UK – with Ramsgate beach being on July 22.
Semele is a love story in which the god Jupiter (performed by British tenor Robert Murray) is captivated by the beauty of the all-too-human Semele (sung by Heidi Stober making her UK debut). It features some of Handel’s most exquisitely beautiful music, with soaring choruses and splendid orchestral writing.
A large-scale programme of education and outreach work is integrated with the free public screening and will provide opportunities for people to be involved in creating, learning about, and performing opera.
Opera for All is a three-year project between Garsington Opera, the charitable trust Magna Vitae, and the Coastal Communities Alliance, and is supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.
Hamlet in Margate
In Margate opera lovers can grab a chair on the main sands on July 8 for a production of Hamlet.
Changeling Theatre performs the Shakespearian tale of Hamlet, a young man with everything going for him. A wealthy prince, a successful student, living the good life overseas. But when word reaches him that his father is dead, his world starts to fall apart.
Returning home he finds his mother has remarried his uncle, and his rightful succession to the throne has been snatched from under him. Everything in his universe has changed, and he struggles to understand it. Hamlet faces a difficult choice: to accept this new reality or to rebel against it.
The performance is at 7:30pm
Reserved Deck Chair £10 -only on sale through the box office on 01843 292795