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Handel at the Unicorn

  • Author:
    Kitching, Alan
  • Publisher:
    Unicorn Opera Society, Oxford, 1981
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    First edition
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    No dust jacket issued.
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Unicorn Opera Society, 1981. Printed by Oxonian Rewley Press, Oxford. Softcover. First edn. Book condition: good. A little scuffing here and there and a diagonal crease across upper corner of lower cover. Otherwise, very clean and tightly bound. In 1952 Alan Kitching and his wife were walking through the ruins of Abingdon Abbey Buildings. It occurred to him that the space in what is called 'The Checker Hall' would make a brilliant little theatre. Alan Kitching proposed the idea of an Elizabethan-style theatre in July 1952 and the following November construction began to a stage design by Mr Christopher Ellis of Radley College, with boys from the College providing some of the labour. The first production in the newly renamed Unicorn Theatre was 'The Two Angry Women of Abingdon' (performed by the Abingdon Drama Club) during Coronation Week, June 1953. The summer season that year included plays by Congreve and Priestly, three musical concerts, talks on the Elizabethan & Restoration theatre, and poetry readings. Alan Kitching was the producer, between 1959 and 1974, of the Unicorn's stagings of twelve of Handel's Italian operas, unseen in England since the composer's lifetime.
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