Chris Addison is one very talented individual: he proved his impeccable comic timing as Ollie Reader in BBC2‘s The Thick Of It; and impressed a whole new generation of Doctor Who fans with his dramatic acting. He’s also a very sharp and skilled stand-up comedian too, featuring many times on Mock The Week’s comedy panel. And now the unbelievably young-looking 44 year old can add ‘opera’ to his creative repertoire, as he’s about to tread the boards in The Royal Opera House’s new production of Chabrier’s French opera L’Etoile.
Addison will appear as narrator Smith, who will give audiences his quintessentially English take on the absurdist events happening before their eyes. Smith is a brand new character created especially for Addison by the opera’s director Mariame Clement.
Addison’s enthusiasm for the part is incredibly infectious, as he reveals he’s “stupidly excited” about his imminent operatic debut. He’ll be in his element in a production which combines 2 of his great loves: “insanely beautiful opera and deep, joyful silliness.”
L’Etoile opens at The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden at 7.30pm on Monday February 1. There will also be performances on February 3, 6, 15, 18 and 24 at 7.30pm; and a performance on February 20, which begins at the earlier time of 7pm. Tickets start from a very reasonable £6 and can be purchased via The Royal Opera House‘s official website; or by calling the box office on 020 7304 4000, which is open from 10am – 8pm, Mon-Sat.