A Festival of Sex, Love and Death: Don Giovanni

26th Oct 2017 - 3rd Nov 2017

Main House - Pleasance London

7:30pm, 6pm

Suitable for ages 14 and above


A Festival of Sex, Love and Death

Important information:

This show contains smoke and haze.

“Long live women, long live wine! The substance and glory of all humanity!”

Mozart’s Don Giovanni is a story of an outsider. The Stranger who walks on a knife-edge between two worlds: Giovanni lives resolutely outside convention, treading the fine lines between vitality and humanity; between life and death; between the natural and the supernatural. He lives solely for his own pleasure and women are seduced by his desire for them. After all, to be desired is – in return – desirable. He wants women to want him. Until they do, of course.

This operatic masterpiece grapples with the complexity of human nature; contradictions, hidden desires, and darkest fears. By exploring the conflict between immorality and amorality, and - crucially - by telling the story from the women’s perspective, this production will steer away from the opera’s traditionally male gaze, and leave the audience questioning their preconceptions. Returning to London after four and five star reviews for La Bohème in 2014, HeadFirst Productions promises provocation, dark humour and sensuality.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles and performed with a small orchestral ensemble.


A Festival of Sex, Love and Death is a brand new, ten-day, multi-arts festival featuring an innovative and exciting programme of events: opera, cabaret, physical theatre, new writing and spoken word. The festival will form a melting pot of theatre-makers connected by the key forces that drive how we perceive and experience our lives: sex, love and death.

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Twitter: @HeadFirstProd



This show is part of our Spring Season and can be found in our brand new brochure which is available here

Open/closeReviews and Quotations

“This is La Bohème as you expect (and hope) it will be, with singers who possess an intelligent understanding of Puccini’s characters. The gritty, twenty-first-century realism simply adds to the opera’s poignancy.”
5 stars
Fringe Opera, La Bohème 2014
4 stars
Everyman Theatre, La Bohème, 2014

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