Pegasus Opera's Production: The Love Potion
The Love Potion
Love, despair, rejection, and redemption were the ingredients of this potent new adaptation of Donizetti's delightfuly comic opera, The Love Potion (L'Elisir D'Amore).
In a sun drenched and busling square of colonial Jamaica lay the heart of village life. People gathered to buy and sell at the market, relax in the bar or pass through on their way to a thriviing factory where the locals made headwraps.
A poor young farmer, Nemorino had fallen helplessesly in love with the righ factory owner, Adina who rejects him. In his desperate attempt to win her love, Nemorino spends his last remaining money on an elixir which, according to legend, Isolde used to fall in love with Tristan.
The production was a new adaptation at the time transforming Donizetti's masterpieceinfo an intoxicating mixture of colour and vitality. Performed in english by a talented multi-racial cast, The Love Potion captured the essence of Caribbean life.
National UK Tour venues 2003 included:
The UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, London
The Corn Exchange, Newbury
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
Theatre Royal, Winchester
The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield