Music by Gillian Whitehead

Libretto by Fleur Adcock



Music by Arnold Schoenber

Libretto by Albert Giraud


Coming to the 2019 Grimeborn Festival!


29th August and 1st September 2019


Arcola Theatre

24 Ashwin Street


E8 3DL



Book Tickets

An exciting inclusion in the 2019 Grimeborn Festival, this double bill of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Gillian Whitehead’s Hotspur promises to be a treat for the senses in more ways than one.


Pierrot is the wandering, painted-face clown seeking poetic inspiration in a prism of moonlight and yearning for the beautiful Colombine. Expressionistic and darkly comic with hints of cabaret, Schoenberg’s 1912 iconic melodrama for voice and five instrumentalists is one of the most influential musical works of the twentieth century. In this performance, it will follow a new staging of the dramatic Hotspur, the opera that marked the beginning of a prolific collaboration between revered NZ composer Gillian Whitehead and librettist Fleur Adcock. In contrast to Pierrot’s timeless abstraction, Hotspur tells the tale of the 14th century Northumbrian hero, Henry “Hotspur” Percy, through the eyes of his recently widowed wife. Elizabeth Mortimer, labelled “a most dangerous widow


Music Director






Artwork by



Assistant Producer

Sara Brodie

Scott Wilson

Sara Brodie

David Bower

Joanne Roughton-Arnold

Isolte Avila

David Bower

Gretchen Albrecht


Joanne Roughton-Arnold

Heather Allen

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