Newbury Spring Festival
Sponsored by: The Sheepdrove Trust

Corn Exchange

The Marian Consort Breaking the Rules


Thursday 19th May, Corn Exchange, Newbury RG14 5BD
7.30pm (ends approx 9.30pm)




Written by Clare Norburn
Directed by Nicholas Renton


Breaking the Rules is part concert/part one-man play, exploring the extraordinary life and music of Carlo Gesualdo, known for murdering his first wife, as well as for his distinctive musical voice. Marking the 450th anniversary of Gesualdo’s birth, this musically superb production is brought to the Corn Exchange by one of the UK’s leading vocal ensembles at the top of their game.


In Breaking the Rules we enter the haunted world of 16th-century composer Gesualdo. Nearing the end of his days, he relives the horror of his actions, his anguished memories interspersed with virtuosic performances of his exquisite music.


“Exquisite ... the ensemble sings with eloquence and expressive finesse.” The Sunday Times


Please note that the subject matter includes mild referecences to sex and description of a murder and suggest an audience age of 12+



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