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Handel’s Saul, Glyndebourne review: ‘insistently zestful’

Glyndebourne's new production of Saul is full of visual coups

By Sameer Rahim  

Saul (played by Christopher Purves) and the Witch of Endor (John Graham-Hall) in Glyndebourne's Saul © Bill Cooper

When I interviewed Barrie Kosky about his new production of Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne, he assured me there would be “nothing offensive, nothing provocative and outrageous.” I suspected his tongue was half in his cheek and, though it is neither offensive nor outrageous, Kosky’s version was certainly provocative—sometimes successfully so, and sometimes not.

Saul’s…

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