The Soldier’s Tale


3PM BSL interpreted
8PM captioned

The best seats for BSL interpreter at the 3pm show and StageText (captioning) at the 8pm show are 1-7. StageText (captioning) at the 8pm show will also be visible from around G8-G22 and further back. Please contact the Box Office at time of booking so they can further advise you on clear line of sight.

The Soldier’s Tale
Score by Igor Stravinsky, libretto by Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (translation by Jeremy Sams)
Written on the original score: ‘to be read, played and danced’
Fully staged version with music, theatre and dance.

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Meet the cast here 

Miriam Higgins Theatre Director
Zoie Golding Choreographer, Movement Director
Benjamin Oliver Music Director, Conductor

Gabriel Fleary Soldier
Alex Evens Prince
Alex Harland Devil
Cornelius Clarke Narrator

PACS Ensemble:
Caroline Balding
Mercedes Cartwright double bass
Alison Hughes clarinet
Anthea Wood bassoon
Julian Poore cornet
Tom Barton trombone
Joley Cragg percussion

A pact with the Devil, a magic book that can tell the future, and a charmed violin which holds power over all who hear it…

In a year that sees the 50th anniversary of Stravinsky’s death, join us for a fully staged version of his darkly thrilling score The Soldier’s Tale.

A soldier, on leave from the army, is persuaded by the Devil to trade his treasured old violin for a magic book that can tell the future and make him rich beyond imagination. We follow the Soldier on his journey as the world as he knows it changes around him, the Devil returning in different disguises as the Soldier continues his hunt for happiness. But what force will win in the end?

Whilst in exile in Switzerland during WW1, Stravinsky met the Swiss writer Ramuz. The two worked collaboratively to create the original script and score and in 1918 The Soldier’s Tale premiered in Lausanne. The subsequent tour was cancelled due to the 1918 flu epidemic spreading across Europe.

Featuring a cast of Southampton-based directors and performing artists, PACS’ production of The Soldier’s Tale incorporates dance, music and theatre to bring this inspiring story to life.

Both performances include an introduction to the work by Stravinsky expert Professor Stephen Walsh (Cardiff University) and a post-show audience Q&A with the creative directors and Professor Walsh.

A Performing Arts Collaboration South production in association with Turner Sims
This is PACS inaugural production. PACS was established to support, promote and celebrate the wealth of professional artistic talent that exists in Southampton. It provides a collaborative platform for creative artists in the area, particularly as we build back the industry post pandemic.

Through the generous support of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust we are able to offer young people aged 8-25 the fantastic opportunity to experience selected concerts absolutely free.