Baa Baa Black Sheep

Premiered at Cheltenham International Festival
3 July 1993

"A hearteningly successful new opera... A production to flock to."

The Times

"A brilliant coup de theatre... boldly told, and brilliantly staged in the small space of the Everyman Theatre by director Jonathan Moore..."

Ismene Brown, The Sunday Telegraph

"Opera North did Baa Baa Black Sheep proud in an entrancing production by Jonathan Moore with magical scenic transformations and lighting effects..."

Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times

"Ingenious staging."

Sydney Morning Herald

"The direction (Jonathan Moore) and designs are inspired in the way they interfold fantasy and reality;... The whole thing is to be filmed later in the year, and it is good to think that there will be a permanent record of what is probably the most successful venture of its kind in recent, smaller-scale contemporary opera."

Michael White - The Independent On Sunday

"There is nothing cosy, no Disney anthropomorphism about the jungle scenes; the success of the scenario, Berkeley's music and Moore's production is to make Mowgli's power struggles and his efforts to win acceptance just as real and unsentimental as the depiction of Punch's desolate existence... Moore's production and David Blight's designs are intelligent and effective."

Andrew Clements, Financial Times

"I was enchanted by Jonathan Moore's production."

Sunday Times

"A fine production by Jonathan Moore."

Sunday Telegraph

"Jonathan Moore's production yields at least one stunning coup de theatre."

Opera Now

"The direction by Jonathan Moore... Excellent."


"Jonathan Moore's production marshals all the characters with distinctive skill."