Magazine
Latest Issue

On musical theatre

Private sector commercial musicals, such as Chicago, thrive while public sector opera is in crisis. But the latter has a lot in common with the former

By Herb Greer   January 1998

Oy gevalt, the Brits! Where else but on this island would an ex-minister moan in print about snobbery excluding him from the crush bar and the cold chicken at the opera? Thus Gerald Kaufman in the Spectator inadvertently cast a cloud over that devastating report on Covent Garden spending. As an American enjoying Covent Garden, I am afraid the drink and the snacks and the occasional hooray Henry in the crush bar pass me by; it is the (usually excellent) music and dance that matter. Reading Kaufman’s moan, I could not help but wonder if the committee’s criticism was poisoned…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect