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The Fabulist

Charing Cross Theatre

The Arches, Villiers Street, London , London WC2N 6NL 08444 930 650 

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Previews from 12th August, opens 19th August 2024. Ends 22nd September 2024.

Italy, 1929. Illusionist-extraordinaire and outlawed heretic Julian finds himself on the run from Mussolini and the Catholic church. Stumbling upon a film shoot, he dazzles screenwriter Clarice with his magical skills and easygoing charm. But how can you trust a man whose life is built on illusion? And what will happen as the regime closes in on him?

The hazards of love, the wonder of magic, and the mysteries of the universe collide in The Fabulist, a joyous and fast-paced feast of musical comedy.

Giovanni Paisiello, one of the most famous composers of his time (1740-1816), was famed for his bubbly, colourful and fun-filled operettas. Combining some of his most sublime music with a brand new libretto, The Fabulist is both a forgotten classic and a modern tale of romance and self-discovery.

The Fabulist, with book and lyrics by James Farwell, is based on Paseíllo's opera 'The Imaginary Astrologer', Catherine the Great’s favourite, written specially for her. Paisello, who heavily influenced Rossini but with a lighter tone, was the favourite composer of both Catherine and Napoleon, for whom he composed Coronation music.

Cast to be announced.

Creative team includes:
Director: John Walton
Musical Director and Orchestrator: Bobby Goulder
Set and Costume Designer: David Shields
Lighting Designer: Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson 
Sound Designer: Andrew Johnson
Casting Director: Debbie O’Brien
Producer: Steven Levy for Charing Cross Theatre Productions

Not available.

The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 3pm and 7.30pm
Sunday at 3pm

Extra 7.30pm performance on 12th August 2024.

No 2.30pm performance on 14th August 2024.
No 3pm performance on 18th August 2024.
No 7.30pm performance on 20th August 2024.


Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.

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