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Published: 17 March 2012

By Andy Ross

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Shostakovich the satirist

Isn't it amazing the things you find unexpectedly of an early morning in London. We were walking through Covent Garden on the way to the British Museum when we stopped off at Notes, the coffee/music/film/wine shop. I made a foray into the depths of the basement to see what offerings there were for opera and stumbled upon Cherry Town by Dmitri Shostakovich. For a really fun romp through a brilliant array of musical styles and stagings, this 1950's operetta is one to watch. I grinned and laughed and giggled and understood a whole lot more about Russian history through this musical, which satirises the chronic housing shortage and difficulties of finding suitable living space in the Soviet Union.

Contact me if you would like to see the DVD. It is going into the reference library at the Centre in Yell and will be available for private viewing at Sellafirth.