CANCELLED: Polly (the Heartbreak Opera)

Date: Tuesday, Apr 14 - Saturday, Apr 25
Venue: The Wardrobe Theatre


A raucous, radical, rallying adaptation of Polly, John Gay’s banned sequel to The Beggar’s Opera, with techno, tracksuits and palm trees – presented by Marie Hamilton and Sharp Teeth Theatre.

Set in a tacky beach resort on a storm hit island, we meet jilted brides, pregnant murderers, pirates, politicians and power-pop girl bands.

Telling not just the story of Purest Polly Peachum but of the other wives of Mac the Knife as well, this is a viciously satirical, unashamedly sexy, fierce and very funny not-quite-musical. It is a battle cry for the broken hearted, a joyous dissection of love, loss and revenge, with songs inspired by Peaches, Britney and Nina Simone.

After a sold-out scratch run here in 2018, Sharp Teeth Theatre and Marie Hamilton return with a Bristol Old Vic Ferment commission, made at Theaterhaus Berlin and The Wardrobe Theatre.

Polly is directed by Stephanie Kempson (Score, Pulling Out), devised by the company, with a score by Ben Osborn (FellSwoop, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears).

“Horror amid the hilarity: Marie Hamilton and Stephanie Kempson’s musical John Gay adaptation hits all the right notes… Overwhelming fun.” Exeunt

Apr 14-19 and 22-25, 7.30pm plus 2pm Sat, £12.


By steve wright, Wednesday, Mar 11 2020

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