The London Coliseum welcomes The Perfect American to the stage from June 2013, offering us a dark look at the final years in the life of Walt Disney. Philip Glass composes the opera and it is based upon the novel by Peter Stephan Jungk, offering us an image of Disney far removed from creative maestro of fairytales and beloved cartoon characters.
Published almost a decade ago, The Perfect American looks at Disney’s final months and through it we glimpse another side of the high profile American figure; one that is racist and deluded, considering self-preservation through cryogenics, anti-Semitic and, ultimately, tortured.
In this adaptation Christopher Purves will portray Walt Disney with Philip Glass’s compositions offering a compelling experience for those that pick up opera tickets. The famous American composer has penned a wide range of works over the years, with The Lost being one of his more recent efforts. The Perfect American premiered at the Teatro Real in Madrid in January 2013 with the London Coliseum production offering a UK premiere.
This is promising to be a truly remarkable production and one that should garner a lot of attention upon its run. On the other hand, younger audiences might not like the darker portrayal of Walt Disney and, as a result, it is warned that it is probably not suitable for them.
The Perfect American runs at the London Coliseum on St Martin’s Lane from Saturday 1st June 2013.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 1st June 2013|
|Booking Until:||Friday, 28th June 2013|
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