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The Dragon of Wantley

28 Apr 2024

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Address: Theatre Royal Winchester 21-23 Jewry Street Winchester SO23 8SB
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The Dragon of Wantley – Lampe’s 1737 smash hit: a Yorkshire legend, a send up of Italian opera seria, with earthy satire, razor wit and delightful music in the style of Handel.

A dragon is terrorising the Yorkshire countryside, devouring anything it meets. The only person who can save the locals is a drunken squire – if he can put down his pint. He agrees, but just as daunting as his monstrous opponent is the love triangle that ensues. Will the dragon prevail? And who will get their man?

The Dragon of Wantley, the 1737 smash hit of the London season, parodies Handel’s serious operas – as well as poking fun at the government of the day. The combination of Lampe’s first-rate music (of which Handel himself approved) and wonderfully witty libretto by Henry Carey makes this opera a comic gem.

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