Lo Spedale: A 17th Century Comedy in Music

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The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

9a Saint Thomas Street

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SE1 9RY

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You will be among a select group of people who will experience an exciting event in the attic of St Thomas' Church in London Bridge: a 17th century comedy in music in the oldest operating theatre in Europe.

After climbing the 18th century spiral staircase into the bell tower, you will be greeted at the shop and lead into the wonderful Herb Garret, and step back in time to explore the museum and its collection. When the time is right you will receive a short introduction to the history of the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret and the grisly world of Victorian surgery (including a demonstration) before the advent of anaesthesia and antiseptics, just to set the mood for the show. After this introduction, you will be invited into the operating theatre where this early opera will take place.

In Lo Spedale, four patients wait for a doctor that seems to have forgotten them. The parallels with our own time will be surprising. Such is the poet Antonio Abati's satire of healthcare, medicine and hypochondria, which has lost none of its wit and charm in the 350 years since it was written.

Written by an anonymous Italian composer between 1640-60 and brought to light by Dr Naomi Matsumoto (Goldsmith’s University), the music turns on a dime from haunting beauty to farce and back as each patient awaits their turn in the Doctor’s chair, and is brought to life by a cast of young singers specialising in Early Music and a continuo band.

First performed as part of the Illuminate Rotherhithe Festival in November 2018, this is its second-ever staging in modern times, and the first in a faithful 17th Century production. Presented in Italian, with surtitles and accompanying academic translation by Oliver Doyle & Delia Fiordilino.

The Cast:

The Doctor: Joachim Sabbat

The Four Patients: Affliction of the Heart: Jessica Eucker: Affliction of the Mind: Tristram Cooke; Affliction of the Soul: Oliver Doyle; Affliction of the Wallet: Matthew O'Keeffe.

Foreigner: Kirsty Anderson

Health: Delia Fiordilino

The Band

Theorbo: Peter Martin

Baroque Guitar: Richard MacKenzie

Viola da Gamba: Kate Conway

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Tickets: £25.00

*Access is through a 52-step spiral staircase. For more information on access and our space, please, visit our website at http://www.oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us.

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