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The Divine Comedy: Casanova/A Short Album About Love

Venus, Cupid, Folly & Time

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As part of a five-night residency celebrating their 30th anniversary, Neil Hannon’s The Divine Comedy play their breakthrough 1996 album and its 1997 companion release in their entirety.

Their first commercial success, Casanova fits more comfortably within the Britpop era, but with more expansive arrangements and a more imaginative exploration of themes than its Top 40 counterparts. You can hear Hannon’s love of Scott Walker throughout the album, while tracks such as ‘Becoming More Like Alfie’ and ‘Something For The Weekend’ are often cited as examples of some of the best of British song writing.

Recorded live at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, A Short Album About Love sees The Divine Comedy backed by the Brunel Ensemble. It’s a rich, lush record exposing a new vulnerability to the crooning Hannon, featuring the deeply heartfelt ‘Everybody Knows (Except You)’.

This concert will start at the advertised start time and running times will be confirmed closer to the event

This concert is subject to Government Guidance relating to Covid-19.

Produced by the Barbican

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Listen: Casanova

Take a listen to The Divine Comedy's album, Casanova.

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Listen: A Short Album About Love

Take a listen to The Divine Comedy's album, A Short Album About Love.

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Watch: Something For The Weekend

Watch the Official Music Video for The Divine Comedy's single, Something For The Weekend.

Barbican Hall