The Dulwich Players present - The Rivals by Richard Sheridan

For their first production of this year’s season, the Dulwich Players are staging a new revival, in period costume, of the classic English comedy ‘The Rivals’ by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. It will be performed on 2, 3, and 4 April 2009 at 8.00pm at the Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College.

Set in the fashionable society spa town of Bath in the 1770s, the play chronicles the intriguing story of how various suitors scheme to win the hand and fortune of the lovely but impossibly romantic Lydia Languish. Capt Jack Absolute, the amorous hero, has to adopt the guise of a penniless soldier to woo her, whilst his hard-to-please father Sir Anthony has other plans for his future. Meanwhile, Lydia’s Aunt, Mrs Malaprop, renowned for her unique use of the English language, has fallen for a fiery Irish baronet, Sir Lucius O’Trigger, and pursues her own intrigues. Also involved are Bob Acres, a country squire with social pretensions (whose “good English legs” put his dancing ability firmly in the John Sergeant league), Sir Anthony’s niece Julia and her self-doubting lover Faulkland, together with Lucy, the lady’s scheming maid.

Tickets Priced at £8 are available from the box office.020 8699 6398, or by calling at The Art Stationers, 31 Dulwich Village, from the 2nd of March onwards.

Sickert in Venice

Dulwich Picture Gallery - 4 March - 31 May

Sickert first visited Venice in the autumn of 1895 returning repeatedly. Venice inspired some of Sickert’s most ravishing Impressionist work. It was here that he really found his identity as an artist, painting Venice under different lighting conditions, inspired by Monet. Later he moved indoors and experimenting with images of figures in interiors, discovered the subject matter that would form the trademark of his subsequent career. This is the first time that Sickert’s magical Venetian output has been seen together.

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Dulwich Choral Society celebrates the bicentenary year of Mendelssohn with a performance of Elijah, without doubt the crowning glory of his spectacularly successful career. Inspired by Handel’s Messiah and written with the sound of the great English choral unions in mind, Elijah immediately won enormous and lasting popularity. Boasting a wealth of memorable music ranging from the highly dramatic to the breathtakingly beautiful, Elijah remains one of the most thrilling and enjoyable works in the whole choral repertoire.

Elijah : Conductor Aidan Oliver, will be performed on Saturday 28 March at 7.30pm at St Barnabas Church, Calton Avenue, Dulwich. Tickets from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village or on the Door.

Enjoy an evening with Tchaikovsky!

On Saturday 25th April, 7.30 p.m. in the Holst Hall, James Allen’s Girls’ School, East Dulwich Grove, SE22 the James Allen Community Orchestra will be giving a fundraising concert in aid of the charity Dulwich Helpline. There is now a well-established partnership between the two organisations, and this will be the orchestra's fourth concert in respect of this. The evening's programme will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, and tickets priced at £7 (£5 concessions) will be available on the door.

The James Allen Community Orchestra is a vibrant community orchestra made up of local professional and non-professional musicians and includes current senior girls, old girls, current staff, current and past parents. The orchestra currently performs twice-yearly, and always plays major works from the orchestral repertoire.

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