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Contrary to the opinions of some, opera is so much more than the fat lady singing. We didn’t used to be fans, but some of the productions we’ve seen have had us laughing and crying in equal measure. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

Review: The Human Voice, Charing Cross Theatre

Jean Cocteau’s 1928 The Human Voice has had a bit of a renaissance in recent years. During lockdown, Pedro Almodóvar made his first English language movie, a version starring Tilda Swinton. Earlier this year, Ivo van Hove directed Ruth Wilson in a new version at the Pinter Theatre. Back in 1958 and with the approval and assistance of Cocteau, Francis Poulenc turned it into a short opera; La Voix Humaine. Charing Cross Theatre now presents this for five performances only, ...

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