The Buskers Opera
Final weeks - must end 4 June
Inspired by The Beggar's Opera by John Gay
“The future’s ripe for those who mix, Their artistry with politics…”
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 Buskers Opera is fresh from the pen of one of the hottest writers emerging in UK theatre, Dougal Irvine, whose catalogue of work includes Departure Lounge, The Snow Queen, Teddy, The Other School, In Touch and Britain’s Got Bhangra. Expect a reckless abandon of political correctness and some top class tunes to redefine a golden age.
Starring Olivier Award winner George Maguire (Sunny Afternoon); David Burt, whose West End credits include Enjolras in the original cast of Les Miserables, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, and Lauren Samuels (Bend It Like Beckham, We Will Rock You).