Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

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Neil Bartlett


World Premiere
Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival

‘Neil Bartlett reminds us that anything is possible in the theatre’ The Guardian

Really, I think most people have no idea...

A theatrical encounter with a truly remarkable person, Stella is a new show inspired by the strange life and lonely death of Ernest Boulton – one half of the now-infamous Victorian cross-dressing duo Fanny and Stella. Intimate and emotional, scandalous and glamorous, Stella uses two performers, an empty stage and a haunting real-life story to ask what it might take to truly be yourself.

Neil Bartlett, one of Britain's most individual theatre-makers, makes a welcome return to Brighton Festival following his much-lauded staging of Britten: The Canticles with Ian Bostridge in 2013.

Written & directed by Neil Bartlett
Performed by Richard Cant, Oscar Batterham and David Carr

Stage design Rae Smith
Costumes Johanna Coe
Lighting Rick Fisher
Sound Chris Shutt
Music Nicolas Bloomfield
Vocal Coach Rebecca Root

Fri 27 & Sat 28 May, 8pm

£12.50, £15, £17.50
Festival Standby £10

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