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Between Empires (Orange Tree Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2013

A clash of cultures between Britain and India during the eighteenth century sets the scene for Between Empires. It is a familiar but comforting story of forbidden love peppered with a few despicable villains, blackmail, a wedding and the possibility of death. The musical follows the love story of George, sent from the East India Company, and Anala, the Indian ruler’s niece. Anala is already set to be married to another, someone she does not know, and the secret lovers struggle for their freedom to be together. The original score made excellent use of traditional Indian song and instruments; the number ‘To Be Free’ in particular showcased the blend of East and West. ‘Between Empires’ is West End material, touching, beautiful and exploding with life and vibrancy.

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, until 24 Aug, 5.35pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Sarah Virgo]