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'Why does the Queen die?': a new play by Iain Burnside

15 October 2014, 16:30 - 17:40


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Presented in association with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama


This music theatre piece is the latest in a series of experimental shows developed by Iain Burnside with the Guildhall School, and has been co-commissioned by Oxford Lieder for The Schubert Project. Schubert's circle of friends in Vienna included more writers and artists than musicians. His songs are inextricably connected both to these friendships and the city where they flourished. In Why does the Queen die? Iain Burnside unravels some of these connections through his trademark combination of music and drama. The cast includes Edward Liddall as Schubert, Piran Legg as Schober and Joseph Padfield as Spaun, with a guest appearance from Adrian Thompson as Vogl.

This performance lasts approx. 70 mins, and should leave ample time for audience members to make their way to the Holywell Music Room for the 7.30pm concert. Further performances take place at 8pm on 15th, 16th and 17th October.


Franz Schubert - Edward Liddall

Josef von Spaun - Joseph Padfield

Franz von Schober - Piran Legg

Anselm Huttenbrenner - Pierre Riley

Johann Mayrhofer - Adam Sullivan

Moritz von Schwind - Matthew Palmer

Gisela - Jessica Dandy

Lotte - Freya Jackline

Silke - Judy Brown

Karoline Esterhazy - Oriana Buckland

With Adrian Thompson as Johann Michael Vogl

This event is part of a series:

2014 Festival: The Schubert Project

The Schubert Project will be the biggest ever celebration of the life and music of Franz Schubert. At its core is the UK's first ever complete performance of Schubert's songs, alongside a host of other works. Bringing Schubert’s Vienna to Oxford in a dazzling feast of music, art, theatre, food & drink, this three-week festival is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse you...

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