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Shoppers opera to raise the roof at Kingston shopping centre

PUBLISHED: 13:41 16 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:33 20 February 2013

Shoppers opera to raise the roof at Kingston shopping centre

Shoppers opera to raise the roof at Kingston shopping centre

A new opera highlighting the trials and tribulations of shopping will be performed for the first time inside a Kingston shopping centre.

A new opera highlighting the trials and tribulations of shopping will be performed for the first time inside a Kingston shopping centre.


The Shoppers Opera, written by Tim Hart and Robin Hutchinson, is coming to the Bentall Centre, Kingston upon Thames on the evenings of Thursday June 30 and Thursday July 7.


The vast shopping centres are our modern day cathedrals, theatres and opera houses, says Surbiton resident, Robin, who is a founding trustee of the Rose Theatre.


It is only fitting to perform a piece that celebrates and examines this phenomena and the role shopping plays in many peoples lives.


The 20-minute piece has been specifically written to allow shoppers to join in with the seven young opera singers at the centre of the performance.


We are hoping to engage an entirely knew audience with a moment of opera, says Tim, who lectures at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.


It has been composed to allow busy shoppers to stop briefly to make contact with music in an unusual setting. We hope the braver ones may even join in.


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