"an enlightening play"
-The Guardian-

"captures a certain part of England to a tee"
-The Times-

"Allam’s performance is wonderful"

Sorry, The Moderate Soprano closed on 30 Jun 2018

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About the show

Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out season at the Hampstead Theatre in 2015, Jeremy Herrin’s celebrated production of David Hare’s play The Moderate Soprano receives its West End premiere at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Playing for a strictly limited season, the revival stars Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll, who reprise their roles.

The Moderate Soprano is set on the eve of the Second World War, and uncovers the life of Glyndebourne founder John Christie. Called ‘Glyndebourne’s Original Love Story’, the play follows the relationship of John Christie and his wife Audrey Mildmay, a beautiful young soprano that he called the ‘moderate soprano’.

An eccentric English schoolmaster, Christie fuelled the creation of what is now known as one of the world’s most revered opera houses. As the pair’s intense love affair and the unrelenting search for artistic integrity faced scrutiny and an impending World War, the greatest opera house in the country was born.

Roger Allam reprises his role as John Christie, after receiving acclaim in the original production. Best known for his multiple RSC appearances, credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as La Cage Aux Folles and City of Angels in the West End.

Olivier Award-winning actress Nancy Carroll also reprises her role as Audrey Mildmay, with extensive theatre credits including the recent Young Marx at the Bridge Theatre, as well as Woyzeck, Closer and The Recruiting Officer.

Artistic Director of Headlong Jeremy Herrin directs (Labour of Love, People, Places & Things), and the production features set and costume design by Bob Crowley.

A celebrated show that received five-stars from critics, The Moderate Soprano explores how the importance of the arts is continually fought for in the face of adversity. The production runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season, from April 12th to June 30th 2018, with previews beginning April 5th 2018.

Who Should See It?

Those who enjoyed the production when it was on at the Hampstead Theatre will love seeing it on the West End stage, whilst those who missed it now have the opportunity to see it! Directed by one of theatre’s best current directors, this should not be missed.

The Moderate Soprano may not be suitable for young children.

Playing at

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Seating Plan

Duke of York's Theatre seating plan

Booking period

5th Apr 2018

20th Feb 2020

30th Jun 2018

Running time

2 hours (including an interval)


Not suitable for children