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THE THREEPENNY OPERA – National Theatre

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Rufus Norris may have commissioned a new adaptation of the Brecht by Simon Stephens to tick myriad boxes of contention from the politics of gender, sexuality, disability, and (naturally) the Middle East to the ever looming shadow of radical nationalism but no amount of theatrical panache and comic posturing can ever really disguise the fact that between the songs Threepenny Opera is a bore.

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Photos and podcast: Talking politics and musicals at The Buskers Opera

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While the basic structure and characters are owed to Gay, the zany genius of The Buskers Opera calls more modern political and satirical influences most strongly to my mind. I’d liken it to a cross between Mike Bartlett‘s future history play King Charles III and Urinetown or, to bring it bang up to date with London’s current musical landscape, The Toxic Avenger.

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NEWS: David Burt joins The Buskers Opera, Crowdfunding launched for relaxed performance

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The producers of The Buskers Opera, a brand new musical by Dougal Irvine (Departure Lounge, Laila, Britain’s Got Bhangra) and Park Theatre are today announcing the first-ever ‘relaxed’ performance at Park Theatre, to take place on Thursday 2 June 2016. The Producers of the show have launched a unique crowdfunding scheme in order help deliver this relaxed performance alongside their Arts …

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British musical theatre has just had its Woodstock moment: I was there

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In case you didn’t attend and/or missed the viral buzz – incredibly, this industry event was one of the UK’s top trending events on Twitter for nearly 48 hours – Beam was a two-day event, jointly organised by Mercury Musicals Development and Musical Theatre Network on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 May at London’s Park Theatre, under the slogan “shining a light on new British musical theatre”. And it more than delivered on the promise of that slogan.