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The Merry Widow at His Majesty's Theatre

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The Merry Widow, Operetta is Coming to Perth
The Merry Widow will be presented by "Alcohol. Think Again".

The Merry Widow or Die lustige Witwe (German) is a famous operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár and this one is presented by the West Australian Opera Company.

Image: Their Facebook page

The Merry Widow is basically a story of couples in love and comic misunderstandings that can remind us of the unique and all-pervasive need to love and be loved!

The story is based on a rich widow and her countrymen's efforts to keep her money in the local area by finding her the right husband!

It has been described as a light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco era in France.

The operetta has enjoyed extraordinary international success since its 1905 premiere in Vienna and it continues to be frequently revived, performed and recorded.

There has also been film and other adaptations made over the years, such as this one which starred Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. It has been translated into over 25 different languages and performed over a quarter of a million times worldwide!

An old movie poster - Image: By MGM - source, Public Domain,

The iconic tunes from this gorgeous operetta will have you humming from start to finish. Some of the well-known music from the score includes:

Vilja Song
Da geh' ich zu Maxim - ("You'll Find Me at Maxim's")
Merry Widow Waltz
Red as the Rose of Maytime

Take a trip to 1920's Paris at the Pontevedrian embassy - there is Art Deco glamour, rich silk ball gowns, glittery embellishments and handsome gents in suits and patent leather shoes.

Costume sketches for the production - Image:

His Majesty's Theatre

15th to 22nd July, 2017

West Australian Newspapers subscriber, get 20% off Reserve A and B tickets. Enter WESTSUB in the passcode box when booking.

For bookings, visit this website.


Part of the proceeds from all ticket sales will support Telethon 7.
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Why? For a delightful operetta
When: From 15th to 22nd July, 2017
Where: 825 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
Cost: Varies
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