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What you thought of: The Rake's Progress

Read a selection of press reviews and audience reactions for The Rake's Progress

The curtain has now gone up on our Tour production of The Rake’s Progress.

A bearded lady, a small-town boy and a deal with the Devil: classic fairy tale meets modern morality play in Stravinsky and WH Auden’s exhilarating fusion of high drama and low comedy.

One of the Glyndebourne greats, John Cox’s much-loved production returns for the first time in a decade, bringing David Hockney’s iconic designs to a new generation.

Read what the audience and critics had to say about the production.

Audience Reaction

The Rake’s Progress is one of your best productions, and I hope it will return to the summer festival soon.’

Audience Member

‘Hugely enjoyable and first rate musical experience. World class!’

Audience Member

‘Thoroughly enjoyable and one of the best opera experiences I’ve had for years.’

Audience Member

What the critics are saying

‘Still delighting audiences after 46 years’

The Times

‘Even after 46 years, his [Hockney’s] genius as a draughtsman — and most of his sets are line drawings, even the crosshatched patterns of the costumes’ fabric designs — shines through.’

The Sunday Times

‘A feast for the eye as well as ear, heart as well as mind.’
★★★★★

The Arts Desk

‘ its freshness is unimpaired’

Bachtrack


The Rake’s Progress IS ON STAGE AT GLYNDEBOURNE UNTIL 30 OCTOBER, BEFORE TOURING TO CANTERBURY, MILTON KEYNES, NORWICH AND LIVERPOOL.


Image credits: The Rake’s Progress, Tour 2021 | Photos: Sisi Burn

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