Polly (The Heartbreak Opera)

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

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  • Tuesday, 14th April 2020
  • Wednesday, 15th April 2020
  • Thursday, 16th April 2020
  • Friday, 17th April 2020
  • Saturday, 18th April 2020
  • Sunday, 19th April 2020
  • Wednesday, 22nd April 2020
  • Thursday, 23rd April 2020
  • Friday, 24th April 2020
  • Saturday, 25th April 2020
14th Apr 2020 - 25th Apr 2020
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturdays) | £12

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.”

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

“Terrific… Fierce and utterly irreverent.”
Ali Robertson, Kneehigh Theatre

Commissioned by Bristol Old Vic Ferment, supported by Arts Council England
Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)
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