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.
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.
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
London N4 3JP
28 April to 4 June 2016
£25, £20 Full
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
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