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Wheel of life rolls on and on

PUBLISHED: 18:25 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 17:19 16 August 2010

A CLASSICAL music show making its debut at the O2 has proved so popular, another show has been scheduled to take place next year, writes Kate Mead.

A CLASSICAL music show making its debut at the O2 has proved so popular, another show has been scheduled to take place next year, writes Kate Mead.

The Greenwich O2's Monumental Clasic Series will return with a second show of Carmina Burana on Sunday, January 18 and tickets go on sale tomorrow.

Only some tickets remain for the first night, on Saturday, January 17.

Carmina Burana tells the story of the wheel of life and all that it brings from love and lust to life and death, rich and poor and power and poverty. Franz Abraham, the creator of the production, presents the Carl Orff masterpiece with more than 250 performers, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Brighton Festival Chorus and Youth Choir plus dancers, actors and singers. The staging, by Walter Haupt, features a giant set, previously only seen outside and in standiums, with sensational light projections and fireworks.

The production is the first time that the tale behind the music has been acted out along with the performance. David Campbell, Chief Executive of AEG Europe, owners and operators of The O2, said: "I am thrilled that the public appetite for Carmina Burana at The O2 has been so strong that we will be putting on a second show. The arena will look like it never has before and will offer a totally new classical experience for our visitors."

The show will be followed by large scale productions of other major

classics. For tickets, log on to www.theo2.co.uk.

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