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13:00 Monday 26 May 2014  Written by Hannah Crouch

Maidenhead Operatic Society present The Merry Widow

A tale of romance, exuberance and political intrigue, The Merry Widow was first performed in 1905.

 However artistic director, Lou Tait, has taken the creative decision to bring the action forward a few decades to the 1930’s.

Lou said: “I’ve moved the action forward a few decades to the 1930s, so the show will be full of glamour as well as romance – tailcoats for the gentlemen, and elegant evening gowns for the ladies.”

The story tells the tale of the beautiful and wealthy widow, Anna Glavari, who makes quite an impression at a high society party in Paris.

The ambassador of the small country where Anna’s widow is from, Pontevedro, realises that the country will go bankrupt if Anna is married off to someone foreign, they try and marry her off to their most eligible – Count Danilo.

However Anna wants to marry a man who loves her, not her fortune, and no one is aware of that fact that the Count has broken her heart in the past.

Lou added: “The Merry Widow is a very funny show, and by the 1930s Hollywood was inundated with sassy, quick-witted women – Ginger Rogers, Katherine Hepburn, Mae West to name but a few – and I wanted to bring that glamour, wit and sparkle to this production.”

The Merry Widow has enjoyed extraordinary success since it was first performed and continues frequent success.

Tickets cost £16.

Call 01628 671589 or visit to book tickets.

The Merry Widow is at the Desborough Suite from Wednesday, June 4 until Saturday, June 7.

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