Sheena Lambert • Cosima

Sheena Lambert's one woman show based on her feature screenplay will play at Smock Alley Theatre this July, 2024.

Sheena Lambert’s one woman show Cosima, based on her feature screenplay, will play at Smock Alley Theatre this July, 2024. 

A must-see for anyone with a passing interest in classical music, Cosima Wagner’s life, like  that of so many other women of her time, was eclipsed by her more famous father Franz  Liszt and husband, Richard Wagner. But Richard Wagner’s fame had as much to do with the  woman he married as his own talent; certainly the enduring success of the annual Bayreuth  Wagner Music Festival may be attributed to this woman whose own musical ambitions were  thwarted by the one person who should have been her greatest cheerleader… 

Now, this exciting, surprising production, starring the incredible Mary Murray and directed by  Rex Ryan, gives Cosima the chance to set the record straight. 

“Cosima Wagner has always been a footnote in musical history: a Daughter Of/Wife Of,”  says writer Sheena Lambert. “But she was so much more. Sassy, bigoted, a genius – a  woman who refused to go quietly, whose ambition and ruthlessness we easily associate with  men, but rarely with 19th century ladies. I am beyond thrilled to see her come to life on the  Smock Alley stage through the wonderful Mary Murray, under the baton of Rex Ryan.” 

“Cosima Wagner had about as interesting a life as anyone who didn’t found a religion or  personally lead an invasion of a foreign empire.” – Philip Hensher, Telegraph (2010) 

Venue: The Boys’ School, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Dates: 16th– 20th July 2024 at 8pm with a 3pm matinee on Saturday 20th July.

Tickets here.

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