The story of Julie D’Aubigny is well known. Her tumultuous childhood, her powerful lovers, her celebrated voice. Connected to most of the nobility of 17th century Paris, feted for her performance, unwilling to live by the rules of her society, she took female lovers, fought duels with noblemen and fled from city to country and back again.
But now the real truth can be told. She also made a deal with the devil. He gave her no powers or help, but he kept her alive for only one reason. To take revenge…
Alder's glorious romp draws inspiration from the already incredible life of 17th-century noblewoman and duellist Julie D'Aubigny, spinning a fast-paced tale of pacts with the Devil, love and revenge.
If you're looking for swashbuckling, diabolical intrigue, class hatred and a rather touching lesbian romance, this is going to fill in your empty hours rather neatly.
From backstage at the Paris Opera to the court of the Sun King himself, this bloody, funny and very literal bodice-ripper shows that the devil may have the best tunes, but Mark Alder runs him a close second.