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    Polly: The Heartbreak Opera

    Polly: The Heartbreak Opera

    • SHOWING
    • 12 Apr -
      20 Apr 2024
      12 Apr - 20 Apr 2024
    About

    A raucous, radical 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

    In a tacky beach resort on a storm hit island we meet jilted brides, drag king politicians, a pregnant murderess, and a pirate boyband called Blazin’ Squid. 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 musical. It is a wild, joyous battlecry, an unashamed expression of female rage, of love, loss, and revenge. With songs inspired by Peaches, Britney and Nina Simone.

    Returning to The Wardrobe Theatre for its Bristol premiere, Polly is a collaboration between Marie Hamilton (Madonna On The Rocks) and Sharp Teeth Theatre (Sherlock In HomesStreaming Beauty) directed by Fringe First award winning director of Breathless, Stephanie Kempson (NY Times Critics Pick) and The Good, The Bad & The Coyote Ugly. The show was devised by the company, with a score by Cameron Macintosh award winner Ben Osborn, Madeline Shann and Ellie Showering (Breach Theatre, Insane Root). This is a show that was birthed in Berlin but brought up in Bristol, finally getting it’s homecoming.

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    • RUNNING TIME2hrs (inc. interval)
    • AGE RECOMMENDATION16+
    • TICKETS£16 (£14 conc.) | £10 preview 12 Apr
    • VENUE

    TIME: 7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturdays)

    Baby/new parents friendly performance on Fri 19 Apr, 2pm Book Here

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

      Exeunt
    • “Gritty, in-your-face, intelligent exploration of feminism, power and control… Bang on for political timing and satirical commentary.”

      Weston-Super-Mum
    • “A triumphant melding of satire, stagecraft, and more than a hint of the sinister… Laugh-a-minute stuff of the highest order… Theatre needs ingenuity like this.”

      The Greenwich Visitor

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