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The farce of La Belle Hélène


10th December 2018 by No comments yet

Written by Graham Billing, co-director of La Belle Hélène. Last time I set down some thoughts about the way in which Offenbach and his two script-writers Meilhac and Halévy turned serious figures from Greek mythology into comic characters in La Belle Hélène. This time I’m going to continue with this theme and discuss the operetta’s

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A different spin on the story


1st December 2018 by No comments yet

Written by Graham Billing, co-director of La Belle Hélène. Last time I said that part of the audience appeal of La Belle Hélène lies in the way in which the script pokes fun at ancient Greek myths and the fact that the French have always taken them so seriously. Let’s take two of the main

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