The Immortal Hour

The Immortal Hour by Rutland Boughton (libretto by Fiona Mcleod)
Directed by Benji Sperring
Designed by Bethany Wells
Musical Supervision by Eamonn O’Dwyer
Musical Direction by Inga Rutter-Davies
Lighting by Nic Farman
Costume by Ian Stephenson
Stage Management by Jack Dormer
Assistant Direction by Helen Donnelly
Makeup by Abigail Gargas
Cast includes Michelle Cornelius, Stiofan O’Doherty, Jeff Smyth, Thomas Sutcliffe, Kate Marlais, Lee Van Geleen, Matthew Crowe, Lydia Jenkins

Performed at the Finborough Theatre, August 2014

Rutland Boughton’s classic British opera The Immortal Hour celebrated its centenary in a three-week long production at the Finborough Theatre. This radical new version – the first in sixty years in London – tells the story of Eochaidh, High King of Eire, and his quest for immortality. Searching the wilderness for the Fountain of Youth, Eochaidh encounters Dalua, the Lord of Shadows, who punishes his quest by wiping his mind and making him fall in love with the Immortal Faery Etain, with whom he will spend a year of absolute bliss. As they celebrate their anniversary, a mysterious stranger enters, and makes a request to kiss the hand of the Queen, setting in motion the downfall of a man who tried to possess the gift that only the Faery Folk can enjoy.

“A brave and intriguing revival…tantalising” – Rupert Christiansen, THE TELEGRAPH

“A super talented cast, atmospheric set design and live music creates a pleasing air of enchantment throughout…this centenary production revival at the Finborough Theatre has a lot to live up to, and I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint.” – * * * * – EVERYTHING THEATRE

“An intimate yet imaginative staging…an opportunity not to be missed” – THE LONDONIST