Music by Gillian Whitehead

Libretto by Fleur Adcock



Music by Arnold Schoenberg

Libretto by Albert Giraud

by arrangement with Universal Edition A.G. Vienna



2019 Grimeborn Festival!


29th August and 1st September 2019


Arcola Theatre

24 Ashwin Street


E8 3DL



An exciting inclusion in the 2019 Grimeborn Festival, this double bill of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Gillian Whitehead’s Hotspur proved a treat for the senses in more ways than one.


Pierrot is the wandering, painted-face clown seeking poetic inspiration in a prism of moonlight and yearning for the beautiful Colombine. Expressionistic and darkly comic with hints of cabaret, Schoenberg’s 1912 iconic melodrama for voice and five instrumentalists is one of the most influential musical works of the twentieth century. In this performance, it follows a new staging of the dramatic Hotspur, the opera that marked the beginning of a prolific collaboration between revered NZ composer Gillian Whitehead and librettist Fleur Adcock. In contrast to Pierrot’s timeless abstraction, Hotspur tells the tale of the 14th century Northumbrian hero, Henry “Hotspur” Percy, through the eyes of his recently widowed wife. Elizabeth Mortimer, labelled “a most dangerous widow".


Music Director






Flute / Piccolo


Clarinet /Bass Clarinet

Violin / Viola




Stage Manager

Banner Artwork

Audio Description

Surtitle Operator

Braille Transcription


Assistant Producer

Sara Brodie

Scott Wilson

Sara Brodie

David Bower

Joanne Roughton-Arnold

Isolte Avila

David Bower

Pasha Mansurov

Sarah Thurlow

Andrew Harper

Lucia d'Avanzo-Lewis

Anne Chauveau

Calie Hough

Cliodna Shanahan

Freya Jefferies

Gretchen Albrecht

Mo Pickering-Symes

Gregory Emfietzis

Roger Firman

Joanne Roughton-Arnold

Heather Allen

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We gratefully acknowledge support from

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Paul Arnold

Mary Ensor

Patricia Goodson

Jennifer Moates

Rachel Robinson

The Webb Family Charitable Trust

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