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Polly (The Heartbreak Opera) 

May 8 @ 7:30 pm

Polly at Pleasance Theatre

A riotous and radical adaptation of John Gay’s sequel to The Beggar’s Opera with original music inspired by Peaches, Britney, and Nina Simone. Polly, Gay’s gender-bending, anti-colonialist and proto-feminist ballad opera was originally written in 1729, and banned for the outrage it sparked. The show re-writes Gay’s original satire to reflect the societal inequalities of the present day, bringing new life to the 18th Century rom-com with techno, tracksuits and palm trees. 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. It is a joyous battle cry and unashamed expression of female rage, of love, loss, and revenge – a dark and absolutely hilarious night out. “Overwhelming fun” – Exeunt. Tickets are available here.


May 8
7:30 pm
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Pleasance Theatre
Carpenters Mews, North Road
London, N7 9EF United Kingdom
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