The Buskers Opera

London theatre news: Thursday 28 April 2016

London Fringe - New shows - Opening

Previews start today for this new show from the Park Theatre, written by Dougal Irvine (based on The Beggar's Opera by John Gay) and directed by Lotte Wakeham - continues to 4 June 2016.

The Buskers Opera at Park Theatre

Image: Park Theatre

A new take on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (a ballad opera written in 1728 by John Gay with music arranged by Johann Christoph Pepuschby) starts previews tonight at the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park.

Written by Dougal Irvine, The Buskers Opera plays in the theatre's Park 200 auditorium until 4 June 2016.


London 2012.

The world is watching.

Can the city deliver the greatest Olympics ever?

Pulling the strings is media mogul, broadcaster and puppet master, Jeremiah Peachum.

Together with his star of the show, Lockitt, the Mayor of London, they are perfectly placed to capitalise on Team GB's gold and drive their political agenda across the finish line.

Enter satirical street busker Macheath and his gang of dissenters ‘The Ninety Nine Percenters’.

They're the talk of the town - out to take the fat cats down - and it’s working!

This time, Mac may have bitten off more than he can chew.

But it's the twenty first century - you can’t kill a man for singing a few songs, drinking a few beers, inciting political activism in hundreds of thousands of people and sleeping with your daughter.

Or can you?

With the ever-influential media operating twenty-four-seven, capital punishment needs to find a new method of delivery ...


The Park Theatre

Clifton Terrace

Finsbury Park

London N4 3JP


28 April to 4 June 2016


£16.50 Previews

£25, £20 Full 

£18.50 Concessions

Pay What You Can performances available.


Jeremiah Peachum - David Burt

Lucky Lockitt - Natasha Cottriall

Matt of the Afro/Dissenter/Beggar - Ishmael Gander

Mayor Lockitt - Simon Kane

Macheath - George Maguire

Filtch - John McCrea

Jenny Diver/Dissenter/Beggar - Maimuna Memon

Susan/Dissenter/Beggar - Giovanna Ryan

Polly Peachum - Lauren Samuels


Writer - Dougal Irvine

Director - Lotte Wakeham

Musical Director - Sean Green

Set Design - Anna Kezia Williams

Set Design Mentor - David Woodhead

Lighting Design - Christopher Nairne

Sound Design - Andy Graham Musical

Staging and choreography - Lucie Pankhurst

Casting Director - Charlotte Sutton

Producers - Michael Peavoy, Neil Marcus, Jamie Clark and Paul Tryer for the Buskers Opera LTD


Park Theatre

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