Fever Pitch the Opera (2017)

Our 2017 production saw the first ever musical staging of Nick Hornby's iconic Highbury novel, Fever Pitch

Hornby’s book follows the ups and downs of life supporting Arsenal Football Club, intertwining stories of matches and the fortunes of the club with those of his own life as a writer. Re-imagine as a comedy/drama featuring a cast of five professional actors and ten professional musicians with a large community chorus that includes 40 local school children, Fever Pitch was staged 22-24 September 2017 at Islington's Union Chapel. With a musical style encompassing classical and jazz to terrace chants and folk-rock, the show reflects the diversity of our community and our common love of music that draws people together.


HOT is grateful for support from Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, Islington Council,  the Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust and the Arsenal Foundation. 

"A big-hearted piece of music-theatre whose American-flavoured score manages to hold both children and adults, professional and amateur performers within its generous compass. Will Fever Pitch have a life beyond its own community? It certainly deserves one."

(Alexandra Coghlan, The Independent)


Photo credit: Claudia Marinaro & Patricia Woodward for Highbury Opera Theatre

"Projects like these create the future of opera.  Set in the grand surroundings of the Union Chapel, this operatic re-imagining of Nicholas Hornby’s novel Fever Pitch seems everything that opera is stereotypically not.... Highbury Opera Theatre pull it off with style and panache. The excitement and the joy of all those involved in it was truly staggering, and hugely inspiring."

(Maggie, Kelly, Theatre Bubble)

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