Philip Godfrey’s musical comedy Casanova premiered at Greenwich Playhouse in summer 2008, achieving sell-out audiences and unanimously positive reviews.

 

“Philip Godfrey’s irresistible new musical concentrates on Casanova’s passionate prowess and minimises the darker undercurrents {with] sheer joie-de-vivre, toe-tapping melodies and cheeky lyrics. Anthony Flaum’s Casanova seduces us all with his grace, ease, confidence, twinkle in the eye and mellow singing voice.” The Stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Casanova had the full house completely delighted. Absolutely brilliant! Fromthe first cheeky grin to the last sighthis high energy, highly professional and highly entertaining musical romp through the life and loves of  Casanova had the full house completely delighted.”

TheatreWorld

 

“Philip Godfrey has written book, music and lyrics of this lively new music drawing largely on the twelve volumes of Giacomo Casanova’s own memoirLa historie de ma vie.  Full of sprightly tunes in an operetta/music theatre style, ratherthan pop, it is given a fast-paced production by director/choreographer Tim  McArthur.”

British Theatre Guide

All his life Casanova longed for literary fame – but he only achieved it after his death, when his memoirs were published. In life he was all too easily distracted from his writing – this musical romp, based on his memoirs, tells his extraordinary true story. How he rose from second-rate violinist to nobleman; his arrest and imprisonment in Venice’s notorious prison; his escape, and his success in Paris; his bankruptcy, and his swindling of the aristocracy – all are covered in this revue-style song and dance show, along with his many affairs, ranging from the romantic to the scandalous.

Casanova is a light-hearted musical comedy; the score is melodic and romantic, a beguiling mix of traditional music theatre styles.

Philip is a musical scholar and was a musical director and composer for the famous Cambridge Footlights Revue. He has performed for the Queen at various locations - Sy James Palace, Clarence House and Windsor Castle.

Casanova starts working as a violinist in an opera orchestra pit; he meets the 'castrato' singer Bellino.

A clip from 'Every Moment', a duet from the musical Casanova when  Casanova meets Henriette, the love of his life..

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