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2016 Production

Simplicius Simplicissimus

By Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Based on the novel by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen
New English translation by David Pountney

Friday 11 November
Tuesday 15 November
Thursday 17 November
Saturday 19 November 2016

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells

INDEPENDENT OPERA at Sadler’s Wells returns, following the success of its 2015 production of Šimon Voseček’s Biedermann and the Arsonists, with the UK première of Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus in a new translation by David Pountney.

The production is directed by the 2016 Independent Opera Director Fellow, Polly Graham. 

Hartmann’s opera, Simplicius Simplicissimus, draws on Grimmelshausen’s 17th-century epic picaresque novel of the same name to create a powerful meditation on the forces of innocence and experience. The opera tracks the journey of one individual, the sheltered, ignorant shepherd boy, Simplicius Simplicissimus, whose life is upturned by the events of the Thirty Years' War.

Conductor Timothy Redmond
Director Polly Graham
Designer Nate Gibson

Lighting Designer Ceri James
Video Designer Will Duke
Choreographer Michael Spenceley

Assistant Conductor Harry Sever
Assistant Director Matthew Holmquist

Orchestra Britten Sinfonia

Simplicius Stephanie Corley
Farmer Emyr Wyn Jones
Soldier William Dazeley
Hermit Adrian Thompson
Sergeant Tristan Hambleton
Governor Mark Le Brocq
Captain Matthew Durkan
Dancer Chiara Vinci
Ensemble Adam Sullivan, Andrew Tipple, Bradley Smith, James Way, Nicholas Morris, Nicholas Morton

"It is exciting to be directing the UK première of Simplicius Simplicissimus. Written in Munich in 1934, and revised and reworked by Hartmann himself, it is Hartmann’s testimony of the experience of living through the extraordinary events of the 1930s and '40s." 
Polly Graham

Tickets are now on sale

Tickets £20 (£10 concessions)
020 7863 8000

Please note this performance contains scenes of nudity.

A transaction charge of £3.00 will be added to all ticket bookings and reservations made over the phone or by post. Only one charge is made per booking and does not apply to group bookings. A reduced transaction charge of £1.95 applies to all Access Scheme seat bookings and all online bookings. No charge when booking in person.

Karl Amadeus Hartmann

Karl Amadeus Hartmann

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Karl Amadeus Hartmann 
(2 August 1905 – 5 December 1963)