The story of composer Handel's canonical piece of music Messiah and its chaotic, spectacular first performance
- Ralph Fiennes
- Jon Croker and Nicholas Adams
- Chris Addison
- Andrew Eaton, Gina Carter, Tracey Scoffield, David Tanner and Justin Thompson
Set in a riotous 18th Century London and Dublin, the farce follows the drink-sodden and cantankerous Handel who is a forgotten man to all but his whip-smart valet. Worse still, he has lost his inspiration to compose. However, when he overhears the singing of famous actress Susannah Cibber, the composer is moved to write once again and King George II tasks him to create an oratorio to celebrate the new Irish Viceroy in Dublin.
Yet, when Handel approaches Susannah with the news, he is shocked to learn that not only does she has a fear of singing in public, she's also on the run from her vengeful husband. The motley crew travel to Dublin only to realise that London's gin-soaked alleys are no match for the competing, sectarian politics of Dublin's choirs, the stupidity of English overlords, and the hypocritical morals of the day. Confronted with these odds, Handel has no choice but to defy his critics and keep going. The shown must go on.