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Handel’s Saul 12A

Experience a film screening of Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio marries spectacle and psychology, captured live at Glyndebourne in 2015.

David has vanquished the giant Goliath, but not everyone rejoices in his victory. Jealous of the young warrior, King Saul turns against him, descending into violent, destructive madness that forces his children to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family and a nation apart.

Handel’s vision of a Lear-like king is astonishing in its psychological complexity, offering a musical portrait of mental collapse few have since matched. Combined with thrilling choruses that exploit the virtuosic potential of their singers, exquisite arias and bold orchestration filled with unusual instruments, it creates a Biblical drama of truly Shakespearean scope.

Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio pairs baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new.

Enjoy opera at its finest in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, on the unique Walturdaw screen.

Captured live in 2015. Sung in English with English supertitles. Running time 175 mins, plus 60 min interval.



All our screenings will include a glass of fizz on arrival and a one hour interval, where you can enjoy a picnic, for the full Glyndebourne experience.

Picnic bags (£20 per person) must be purchased in advance, and will be available for collection on the day. Vegetarian picnic bags are also available.

Picnic bags (£20 per person) includes:

Red Onion and Gruyere Tart (v)
Nutty Mushroom Roll (vv)
Lemon and Thyme Chicken Skewer 
Sugarsnap, Green Bean and Hazelnut Salad (vv)
Deli Pork and Sage Sausage Roll
Chicken Pesto and Roasted Vegetables on Onion Ciabatta
Creamy Potato and Chive Salad (v)
Mini Cake

Image credits - Bill Cooper


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