Handel's Messiah is the world's most popular choral work. But its story
begins in the unlikely setting of a room above a pub in Chester, when
the great composer, detained by bad weather on his way to a season of
concerts in Dublin, invites some local choristers to rehearse excerpts.
It is not a success. So begins Handel's struggle to stage the premiere
of his masterpiece, confronted by seemingly insurmountable challenges,
including the tricky librettist Charles Jennens, the actress Susannah
Cibber who he trains to sing the most moving arias, and the mysterious
Crazy Crow. Nick Drake's divine, musical play premiered at Shakespeare's
Globe in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, in June 2015. All the
Angels was revived at same theatre in December 2016.