Lady Chatterley’s Trial is based on DH Lawrence’s controversial tale of sexual awakening, combined with the infamous Obscenity Trial of 1960.
Set in the atmospheric National Justice Museum in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market. The wood paneled Victorian courtroom was also used as a site for public dissection, a perfect setting for the premiere of a new chamber opera by composer Stephen Crowe.
“Is this the kind of book you would wish your wife or servants to read?”
Banned for over thirty years, Nottinghamshire born DH Lawrence’s shocking novel went on trial for obscenity in 1960. The highly publicised court case and the landmark verdict caused cultural shockwaves that are still felt today.
With the 60th anniversary of the publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 2020, this new music drama juxtaposes the transcript of the trial with the novel itself- pitting Lawrence’s tale against the prudish admonishments of the English courtroom.
Performed by Stuart Orme, Fleur de Bray, Oliver Brignall & Christopher Killerby with a specially created chorus.
Music and libretto by Stephen Crowe. Directed by Stephen Crowe.
Tickets £15 in advance or £18 on the night.
Sunday October 13th at 8pm
National Justice Museum
Please note: This performance uses explicit language and features adult subject matter. It is not recommended for children.
The estimated running time is 1hr 20 mins
“Lady Chatterley’s Trial” will also be performed in London in 2020 for the 60th anniversary of publication.
Press for previous work by Stephen Crowe
“The future of new opera” The Independent
“Amazing stuff” BBC 6 Music
“Magic. Wonderful.” BBC Radio 3
“Gripping and evocative” Opera Magazine
“Inspired lunacy” Ed Fringe
“Jaw-dropping” The Cusp
“Pretentious nonsense” The Scotsman
“OK, I guess.” Henry Rollins
“When an audience jumps to its feet at the end of a performance who needs to hear what the reviewer thinks?” Queer ID
Stephen Crowe studied fine art at John Moores University, Liverpool, and composition at Goldsmiths, University of London.
His music has been performed at Tate Britain, Cafe Oto, The National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Arcola Theatre, Camden Arts Centre, The Courtauld Gallery, Kings Place, The James Joyce Centre, Acker Stadt Palast, Queen Elizabeth Hall & Riverside Studios.
He also sings in ‘StreisBAND’, a hardcore Barbra Streisand covers duo.