Thu, 14 Nov | The Playground Theatre, Cafe and Bar

Laius/Army of Lovers (UK Premiere)

Army of Lovers is a one-act opera for male voices. Set during the last days of the Sacred Band of Thebes - the army written about by Plutarch that derived its power from the strength of the bond between each pair of its 300 lovers.
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Time & Location

14 Nov 2019, 19:30
The Playground Theatre, Cafe and Bar, 8, Latimer Industrial Estate, Latimer Rd, London W10 6RQ, UK

About the Event

It is a tale of love, violence, faith, patriotism and identity. Charting wars that were fought and won or lost according to the bonds that tied the army of lovers together.  

A fabulous cast of singers will be led by the counter-tenor Derek Lee Ragin who was the voice of Farinelli in the eponymous film. Music composed by Mark Springer (founder member of Rip Rig + Panic with Neneh Cherry); Libretto by David Flusfeder (award-winning author of John the Pupil and The Gift); Movement by legendary ballerina and choreograper Lynn Seymour.  

In the first half there will be a performance of Mark Springer’s new music for piano - four hands, two pianists, one piano. Performed on a full size Fazioli concert grand. On sale at the performances there will be an official CD of the whole evening’s music, released on the Exit label www., and a booklet containing the libretto.

Singers:  Alexander Gebhard/tenor  

Derek Lee Ragin /Counter Tenor  

Emanuel Papadopoulos /Lyric Baritone  

Samuel Lom / bass baritone  


Piano - Mark Springer 

Piano - Ben Schoeman 

Double Bass - Ben Groenevelt 

Composer - Mark Springer  

Libretto - David Flusfeder  

Director - Anthony Biggs  

Movement - Lynn Seymour CBE  

Costume - Anna Bevan  

Producer - Amanda Waggott  

Production Manager and Stage Manager - Isabella Strada  

Marketing - Sophie Relf  

Graphic Design - Carla Evans

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