Charlotte Bray Entanglement
Thomas Hyde That Man Stephen Ward

Nova Music Opera brings together a pair of contemporary chamber operas by Charlotte Bray and Thomas Hyde about misunderstood characters from modern Birtish history. In the 60th anniversary of her controversial execution, the end of Ruth Ellis' life is examined in Charlotte Bray's work Entanglement.

Thomas Hyde's That Man Stephen Ward, premiered to great reviews in 2008, charts the demise of one of the more tragic characters involved in the Profumo scandal of the early 1960s.

Charlotte Bray composer
Amy Rosenthal librettist

In the summer of 1953, nightclub manageress Ruth Ellis meets two men with whose lives her own will be fatally intertwined. As lonely businessman Desmond Cussen loses his heart to her, so Ruth loses hers to troubled racing-car driver David Blakely, with whom she spirals into a violent and obsessive co-dependence. Set amidst the grubby glamour of London in the 1950s, Entanglement charts two years in the lives of the trio as they are driven towards their tragic destiny – and the act that will see Ruth Ellis defined forever as the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

Nova Music Ensemble
Richard Williams director
George Vass conductor

Kirsty Hopkins Ruth
Howard Quilla Croft Desmond
Greg Tassell David

Entanglement is a joint-commission between Nova Music and the Cheltenham and Presteigne festivals, supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation and the Arts Council of Wales

That Man Stephen Ward
Thomas Hyde composer
David Norris librettist

Dr Stephen Ward, society osteopath, man-about-town and (in his own mind at least) Cold War peace negotiator, is arrested for living off immoral earnings. Will his many friends and famous clients stand by him in his hour of need?

With its mixture of cabaret songs, recitatives and arias, this operatic entertainment charts the fall of the key figure in the famous Profumo scandal with a suitably British mixture of tragedy, irony and comedy.

Nova Music Ensemble
Richard Williams director
George Vass conductor

Damian Thantrey Ward

Nova Music
Cheltenham Music Festival
Presteigne Festival

Production partners
Cheltenham Music Festival
Presteigne Festival

Production supporters
Britten-Pears Foundation
PRS for Music Foundation
RVW Trust


Production benefactors
The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust
The Honeymead Arts Trust
Philip Waller CBE




Previous Nova Music Opera productions



17 June 2016 at 7.30pm
LSO St Luke's

LSO St Luke's
161 Old Street

That Man Stephen Ward

Tickets: £25 | £20 | £16
from the Barbican Box Office
0844 854 2757
or online

6 July 2015 at 8pm
Cheltenham Music Festival

Parabola Arts Centre
Parabola Road
GL50 3AA
United Kingdom

That Man Stephen Ward

Tickets £20
from the Box Office
Cheltenham Music Festival

0844 880 8094
on online

27 August 2015 at 8pm
Presteigne Festival

St Andrew's Church

That Man Stephen Ward

Tickets £30 | £27.50 | £16 | £10
Box Office 01544 267800
Book online


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