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ABOS's vision of hell will be heaven for audiences at the Palace Theatre

Correspondent 6th Mar, 2020

ASTWOOD Bank Operatic Society are putting the finishing touches to their upcoming production of ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ at the Palace Theatre.

The run of five performances opens on Wednesday, March 11 and continues nightly at 7.30pm until Saturday, March 14 with a bonus matinee performance on at 2.30pm on the same day.

The production offers a rare chance for Redditch audiences to hear and see one of the greatest shows from the decadent years of late 19th Century Paris.

Orpheus and Eurydice find themselves trapped in a dull marriage, so are both ‘playing away’!

Unfortunately the object of Eurydice’s affections turns out to be none other than Pluto, the ‘Devil in Disguise’, so when she gets carried off to the Underworld, Jupiter, the King of the Gods, gets jealous and wants her for himself.

Eurydice meanwhile finds that life in the Underworld is more Hell than Heaven, so when Orpheus is forced to try and get her back, events take an interesting turn! It’s a very irreverent take on a very ancient myth, given a modern twist.

With music by Jacques Offenbach is features a tune everyone knows, one of the world’s most famous pieces of music, adopted by both the Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergère as the regular music for their high-kicking female dancers – the Can-Can.

With a live orchestra and a top cast of great singers, ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ literally offers theatregoers a glimpse of another world – the Underworld!

Tickets are priced from £16 and are now on sale from the Society’s ticket hotline, via email at or by calling Jean Chalk on 01527 63319.

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