It was the champagne that did it

EFFERVESCENT: Concept Players invite you to join them in a toast

EFFERVESCENT: Concept Players invite you to join them in a toast

First published in News

ON Saturday, June 21, for one night only, the ever effervescent Concept Players return to the Paget Rooms in Penarth with a concert version of one of the most famous of comic operettas of all time, Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus.

This operetta is packed with songs you will instantly recognise. This is Strauss at his most melodic with a plethora of sparkling musical numbers such as The Laughing Song, Homeland and Brother Mine – to mention just a few. The production, in English, is a foolish tale of intrigue and disguise, packed with unforgettable characters and superb singing. Your foot cannot help but tap along!

For those unfamiliar with this story, it follows Dr Falke who is planning revenge on his friend Gabriel von Eisenstein for a recent joke, which resulted in Falke being pushed into a fountain, dressed as a bat, exposing him to ridicule the next day.

This sets off a series of comic events which culminate in a masked ball and a spell in prison. The constantly flowing champagne is blamed for much of it; as the song says 'Chacun à son goût!'

Last year's concert was a great success and sold out quickly. This concert version of Die Fledermaus comes hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed The Mystery Of Edwin Drood and Lend Me A Tenor which played to great audiences across South Wales. Concept Players have built a reputation for quality productions with an innovative streak. This exciting and funny concert of a timeless classic is further proof of that.

Tickets are £10 and are available from the Concept Players box office on 029 2049 0019 or via their website. More information about Die Fledermaus and Concept Players can be found at

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