FRIDAY 6th APRIL 2012 at 7:30pm
"A Wanderer Fantasy"
A Dramatic and Musical Portrait of Franz Schubert
Written and performed by actor and musician Michael Lunts
Directed by Roger Leach
Widely acclaimed for his portrayals of Chopin and Rachmaninov, actor, pianist and writer Michael Lunts explores the last days of another great musical genius, Franz Schubert, in this highly unusual one-man show.
In 'A Wanderer Fantasy' Schubert is depicted as both man and musician, in a piece of theatre that interweaves into the action the sublime music the composer was writing in his final months, played and sung live as if by Schubert himself. Using the metaphor of ´The Wanderer´, a figure that haunted the Romantic imagination, this piece of music theatre offers an often moving insight into a much-misunderstood creative artist.
'A Wanderer Fantasy' has been performed all over the world, having toured the Middle East and India, Australia, France and Ireland. Nearer home, after its sell-out run at Salisbury Playhouse, the Salisbury Journal wrote:
"Michael Lunts's performance is a tour-de-force: drama, songs, piano music, this is thought-provoking and evocative drama, prompted by Schubert's sublime music, by a master actor and writer who even manages to shave on stage with a sharop cut-throat razor. Beat that!"
... while 'The Stage' noted that "Michael Lunts's facility at the piano makes this portrait of Schubert pleasingly credible ... a most attractive evening's theatre".