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The Story of Hortense Schneider

New poster for Bouffe!

She came to Paris to sing and then…

Bouffe! made its triumphant return to the Brighton Fringe on Wednesday 1st – Saturday 4th June 8pm.

For the revival, we were delighted that the Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell, created our new poster (left).

Bouffe! takes the audience into the bohemian world of 1850s Paris.

After making her début in Offenbach's boulevard theatre, the young Hortense quickly finds success in the new craze for Bouffe, the new risqué style of French operetta.

With script and translations by Stephen Plaice, the music of Offenbach & Donizetti tells the story of Paris's most celebrated diva and courtesan.

Jean-François and Hortense

Jean-François (Jon Grave) and Hortense (Lila Palmer) Photograph © Strat Mastoris

Station Master

Station Master (Marcia Bellamy) Photograph © Strat Mastoris

Cécile and Jean-François

Cécile (Red Gray) and Jean-François (Jon Grave) Photograph © Strat Mastoris

Duc de Gramont-Cadérousse and Hortense Schneider

Duc de Gramont-Cadérousse (Marcia Bellamy) and Hortense Schneider (Lila Palmer) Photograph © Strat Mastoris

Review from Brighton Fringe Festival 2016, Church of the Annunciation

Donít let the informality fool you, Stephen Plaiceís brilliant tale of the louche world of the Théâtre des Bouffe in 2nd Empire Paris enjoys the highest standards of performance and musicality. Top quality singers Lila Palmer (soprano), Jon Grave (tenor), Red Gray (soprano) and Marcia Bellamy (mezzo) relate the jolly yet poignant tale of a first-class courtesan, Hortense Schneider.

Their delightful selection of songs by Offenbach, Donizetti and Martini are supported in grand style by Julian Broughton (piano) and Ellie Blackshaw (violin) who also provide expert cabaret beforehand. Sophisticated, charming and fun, a Parisian confection thatís not to be missed!

Rating: ★★★★★
Andrew Connal
The Latest, June 3, 2016