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The Old Operating Theatre is a remarkable time-capsule that survived hidden in the rafters of the old St. Thomas's Hospital. When you tiptoe up the creaky old stairs you find yourself in what looks like a witch's cottage in the forest.. and we're not joking! There are all sorts of dried plants and baskets of nuts and berries set out on the old wooden tables, with dusty old medicine bottles sitting on the shelves. The actual Operating Theatre itself is like a mini-amphitheatre, with wooden balconies around a plain wooden table.
It sounds daft, but you will totally understand what we mean when you see it. Check out the photos in Craig's review of the Old Operating Theatre to show you we're not joking.
Luckily tonight's show doesn't involve any painful operations... it's a classical music recital. One hundred years ago the only sound you heard in this place was the patient's screams, but tonight you're going to hear some singers and musicians instead.
You'll get a chance to explore the small museum beforehand, and hear an introductory talk about what happened there. Then you will be invited into the operating theatre where the recital will take place.
> Craig’s review of Old Operating Theatre – “You'll find the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret in an attic at the top of a tower, and you have to climb up a tight and winding wooden staircase to reach it. It's not your normal kind of museum. It's like a creaky-old cottage in the rafters -- a bit like a witch's cottage in the woods. You probably think that I'm exaggerating, but I promise you I'm not. I'm bein… continued”
Lunchtime concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields – 1 Apr to 29 Jul 2019 (selected dates only) – St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week.
Wagner, Rachmaninov and Manuel de Falla – 25 Apr 2019 – The Royal Philharmonic will be playing music by Wagner, Rachmaninov and Manuel de Falla at Cadogan Hall.
Francois-Xavier Roth conducting Ravel – 25 Apr 2019 – François-Xavier Roth and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing a selection of classical tunes by Ravel at Barbican Hall.
Man Of La Mancha at London Coliseum – 26 Apr to 8 Jun 2019 – Kelsey Grammer will be starring alongside Danielle de Niese and Nicholas Lyndhurst in Man of La Mancha
Man Of La Mancha at Barbican Hall – 26 Apr 2019 – Violinist Nicola Benedetti and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be playing some works by Elgar and Dvorak.
Man Of La Mancha at Cadogan Hall – 1 May 2019 – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing classical music by Enescu, Saint-Saens, Porumbescu and Mozart at Cadogan Hall.
Man Of La Mancha at Barbican Hall – 1 May 2019 – Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Harrison Birtwistle and John Adams.
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