Lots of love for Topsy Turvy screening in Thames Ditton on Valentine's Day

Showtime: A wide range of events happen at the Vera Fletcher Hall

Showtime: A wide range of events happen at the Vera Fletcher Hall

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

Couple seeking a Valentine’s Day with a difference can head to the Vera Fletcher Hall for a screening of Mike Leigh’s musical drama, Topsy Turvy.

In partnership with Thames Ditton United Reform Church, the 1990s film tells the story of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s creative conflict during the writing of their most famous Savoy opera, the Mikado.

Set in a 15-month period in 1884 and 1885, the film also tells the story of the decision by the two men to continue their partnership, which led to the creation of several more famous operas between them.

At the beginning of the film, Sullivan is ill from kidney disease and barely able to make it to the theatre to conduct, before taking a holiday in Europe with a view of rest improving his health.

As the story continues, Gilbert’s nerves kick in and, with the Mikado ready to open, he paces the streets of London because he cannot face watching the opening night.

Starring Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville, the evening showing will not disappoint.

Topsy Turvy; Vera Fletcher Hall, Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton; February 14, 7.30pm; £6; call 0844 8848832.

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