The Cooper – London

Opera by Thomas Arne. The first opera production in the new Milton Court Theatre at The Barbican, in a baroque double bill with San Giovanni Battista, for Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

DirectorRodula Gaitanou
Set & LightingSimon Corder
CostumeCordelia Chisholm
ChoreographerVictoria Newlyn
ConductorJulian Perkins

“The set by Simon Corder was impeccably done, with a minimum of stage furniture. A painted cloth is used as backdrop, based on an original by Cornelius Bogerts.” – Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International, 13 June 2014

“Simon Corder’s sets deftly enhanced such contrasts. A reproduction backcloth depicting a cooper’s workshop foreshortened the brightly-lit stage before the interval, and the close proximity of the cast as they negotiated the barrel-strewn strip recreated the immediacy and vitality of a tavern theatre.” – Claire Seymour, Opera, August 2014