• ComposerClaudio Monteverdi
  • LibrettoGiovanni Francesco Busenello
  • ConductorChristian Curnyn
  • DirectorAnnilese Miskimmon
  • DesignerNicky Shaw
  • LightingSimon Corder


“In Nicky Shaw’s simple but handsome set and characterful costumes, this Poppea is a distinguished addition to OTC’s repertoire”

“this was an unrelenting and gripping piece of theatre that will lodge somewhat uncomfortably, perhaps, in the the mind”
“An excellent stage setting and lighting provided great scope for the players”

“Miskimmon fleshes out her vision of the fate of what her introductory note calls “the terrible twosome” with finely-controlled detail and genuine theatrical flair.
Nicky Shaw’s designs, abstract set and a mixture of modern and not-so-modern costumes with lots of déshabillé, all resourcefully lit by Simon Corder, match her every step of the way.”

“The cool blue set design is a triumph and the accompanying Irish Baroque Orchestra provide soulful and meaningful interpretations. But the greatest contribution of the evening is by director Annilese Miskimmon.
The lone cigarette and electrical appliances do not seem like superfluous contemporary touches in this vision.
Also, and most impressively, the director defines each motive and mood with a rare clarity and panache, allowing the beauty of line and harmony to fill the auditorium.”