The Vision of Delight
1 May 2017, 7:30 p.m.
The Atrium at 21 Shaftesbury Avenue, Summerhill subway
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of its premiere, we are delighted to present a staged reading with song of Ben Jonson’s rich and evocative masque, The Vision of Delight.
Directed by TMT Associate Artist Derek Boyes, the reading will feature a group of young actors from George Brown Theatre School performing alongside soprano Shannon Mercer, lutenist Ben Stein and violinist/tenor Larry Beckwith.
Filled with poetry, humour, and charm, The Vision of Delight, is a celebration of spring. The evening will feature the music of Thomas Morley, William Lawes, Matthew Locke alongside Cat Stevens and John Lennon and a few other surprises!
Boyes and Beckwith will give an informative and entertaining introductory address to set the scene for the reading.
Hosted and sponsored by TMT patrons Walter and Marina Unger, the evening will include snacks, tea, coffee, and a cash bar.
Ben Jonson was the great master of the masque form and a favourite at the court of James I, where he created – along with an array of brilliant collaborators – close to three dozen masques; interactive occasions that combined dance, poetry, theatre and music, along with lavish scenery and costumes.