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404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH

Master Class

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Closed April 28, 2012

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Why See Master Class?


Written by the award-winning American playwright Terrence McNally in 1995, Master Class made its West End debut in 1997 after its Tony Award- winning triumph on Broadway a year previously. It now makes a stunning return to London with Tyne Daly, of Cagney and Lacey fame, starring as renowned opera singer Maria Callas in her later years.

The gifted Daly deftly mixes comedy with pathos in the role of the wronged diva as she presides over a Juilliard master class in opera, offering a high definition performance that is fortified by a talented supporting cast as well as incidental music by Guiseppe Verde, Giacomo Puccini and Vincenzo Bellini.


The glamorous, commanding, caustic and surprisingly funny pedagogue Maria Callas holds a master class in vocals for opera at the prestigious Julliard School. She is equally appalled and impressed by the students and is not afraid to let them know, with a delicious voracity, exactly how she feels about them.

All the while she muses about her glory years, from her youth as an ugly duckling to her triumphant performances at La Scala and her affair with Aristotle Onassis. These musings ultimately culminate in a monologue about sacrifice in the name of art and the audience is given a glimpse of the tortured soul beneath Callas' imposing exterior.

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Additional Information


Opening night: 21 January 2012


Master Class is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards.

Run time

2 hours 10 minutes, which includes one 15 minute intermission.


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Tyne Daly
Dianne Pilkington
Naomi O?Connell
Gerard Carey
Garrett Sorenson
Jeremy Cohen


Director: Stephen Wadsworth
Author: Terrence McNally
Scenic Design: Thomas Lynch
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: David Lander
Sound Design: Jon Gottlieb

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Rossana Dowsett: “Rossana's review”

Saw this yesterday (14th April). Excellent play, excellent five star performance.... more

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