WEEK 53: Le Gateau Chocolat – PANDORA

Date: Sunday 03rd May 2020 8:30pm

Venue: The Lowry

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Performed By

  • David Shrubsole Composer and Musical Director
  • Tommy Bradson Co-writer & Dramaturg
  • Tom Scutt Designer
  • Le Gateau Chocolat Conception & Performance
  • Manchester Camerata Orchestral Accompaniment

Le Gateau Chocolat’s


Commissioned by The Lowry for WEEK 53 and the Lawrence Batley Theatre

There is a box.

You have no idea what it might contain and whether or not you will it to, the only certainty is that it will open.

What mysteries abound? What contaminants, what affliction, what trauma? What might we mortals do with this coil, who are we forced to become?

Part song cycle, part theatre, international icon of stage and song Le Gateau Chocolat has been brewing something daring, something delicious, something dark, a sensory feast: ‘PANDORA’.

Le Gateau Chocolat is a one-man musical phenomena complete with larger than-life vocal talent. For ‘PANDORA’ he is joined live onstage by the Manchester Camerata.

About Le Gateau Chocolat

Le Gateau Chocolat’s work spans drag, cabaret, opera, musical theatre, children’s theatre and live art. Previous works include ‘Le Gateau Chocolat’ (2011), ‘I [Heart] Chocolat’ (2012), ‘In Drag’ (2013 Royal Festival Hall commission), ‘BLACK’ (2014 Homotopia commission), his children’s show ‘Duckie’ (2016) and most recently ‘ICONS’ (2018).

As a technically-gifted and celebrated baritone, he has performed outside of his own work at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Sydney Opera House, and as part of the Olivier- winning La Clique/La Soiree.

He has performed as Feste in ‘Twelfth Night’ at Shakespeare’s Globe (2017), in ‘Effigies of Wickedness – Songs banned by the Nazis’ (2018),  As part of Taylor Mac’s ‘A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act’ at London’s Barbican Theatre (2019) and the guest role of Daddy Brubeck for the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Sweet Charity (2019). Most recently he has been cast in Wagner’s ‘Tannhauser’ which opened the 108th Bayreuth Festival in 2019.

Performances May 2 2020 and May 3 2020 

Venue : The Lowry. Quays Theatre

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