"There's a fundamental honesty about the piece and an absence of sentimentality or melodrama which commands respect." –Telegraph
"The Lion's Face…does have a dignified presence of its own, without resorting to sensationalism or preaching." –Guardian
Compassionate, heartfelt and witty, The Lion’s Face is a musical tale of love, loss and family bonds. Produced by the award-winning Opera Group, The Lion’s Face explores the issues surrounding dementia. Featuring the beautiful poems of Glyn Maxwell as part of an operatic collaboration with composer Elena Langer.
Written for both children and adults, an earlier version of The Lion's Face won the Audience Prize at the 2009 New Opera Festival in Zurich and premiered at London's Royal Opera House in 2010.
Glyn Maxwell has long been regarded as one of Britain’s major poets. He has been awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Prize, and the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as being shortlisted three times for both the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Three of his books were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems was published last year. Many of his plays have been staged in London and New York. They include The Lifeblood, which was British Theatre Guide’s ‘Best Play on the Fringe’ at Edinburgh in 2004, Broken Journey and The Only Girl in the World (both Time Out Critics’ Choices).
Oberon Books publishes his Plays One (The Lifeblood, The Only Girl in the World and Wolfpit), Plays Two (Broken Journey, Best Man Speech and The Last Valentine), The Forever Waltz, Liberty, After Troy, Merlin and the Woods of Time and the libretti The Lion’s Face and Seven Angels.