Central to the show was the impressive massive oak tree around which most of the activity took place, under the spreading and prolific foliage high above the stage.
As Adina, Anna Cors effectively thrilled with a pure coloratura and in this she was ably supported by Mark Mcleod's light tenor and clear diction. The dusky bass/baritone of the Sergeant fitted the part exactly and he led a very amusing squad of soldiers whose singing well matched their acting. The chorus was well on top of their singing as well as looking very colourful and mobile.
To ignore the magical bass of Timothy Baldwin as Dr Dulcamara would be a gross omission as this quack doctor kept the story moving with complete aplomb.
A colourful orchestra maintained the right pace and provided nice changes of tempi under the baton of Jonathan Butcher. Director Mark Hathaway and designer Jane Chark must also be congratulated on a most stimulating show.
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