New Kent Opera
Company TypeProgramme/RepertoireSeasonLocation
Regional opera companyVariousFestival, Oct/Nov, ad hoc eventsSouth East

She Stoops to Conquer

Acis and Galatea

Albert Herring

Company: New Kent Opera
Contact: James Tillitt, General Manager
Address: Theatre Royal, Addington Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1PW
Tel: +44 20 8342 8239

New Kent Opera continues and celebrates the traditions of Kent Opera, formed in 1969 by Norman Platt.  Led by Roger Butlin (a member of the original team) as Artistic Director, Tim Carroll as Director of productions and Gary Cooper as Musical Director, the company still aims to present 'undoubted masterpieces' for the forces for which they were written; to present them from a fresh angle; and to explore links between opera, music and theatre.

Currently based at Margate's Georgian Theatre Royal, the company intends to be a vital part of the regeneration of East Kent.  New Kent Opera was launched in 2002 with a spring festival combining opera (Handel's Acis and Galatea), drama (Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer), chamber music and spoken word.  Creating their own festival was an important development for the company and it has now become an annual event with Britten's Albert Herring featuring in 2003 and Mozart's Il Re pastore planned for 2004.

It's the ambition of it all which is so heartening - the idea that small-scale regional productions are worth putting on, a belief that an audience can be reclaimed and a new one developed.
Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now

Il Re pastore, MozartOctober/November 2004
Castor and Pollux, Rameau2006

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Key staff
Roger ButlinArtistic Director
Tim CarrollDirector of Productions
Gary CooperMusical Director
Caroline BaldingOrchestral Fixer
James TillittCompany Manager