Sky Arts Ignition presents
A Rough Magic & Opera Theatre Company Co-production
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill
The Olympia Theatre
Fri 13th, Sun 15th, Tue 17th, Thur 19th, Sat 21st & Sun 22nd June 2014
Tickets priced from €20 - €75 including booking fee. Premium Boxes available to purchase also. On sale now via Ticketmaster.ie, usual Ticketmaster outlets including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330.
Please note, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm sharp. Latecomers will not be seated until the interval at approx 8.30pm. Those leaving their seats during the show, will have to wait until the interval to be reseated.
Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served.
AS FUNNY… AS IT IS FURIOUS, AND PACKS ITS PUNCH IN A RICH SCORE - New York Times, 2013
An electrifying tale of a city consumed by excess. The opera event of the year comes to the Olympia Theatre for a very limited run of six performances only. Book now to avoid disappointment.
In this major new production, audiences will be at the very heart of the action. Don’t miss this once-off opportunity to see The Olympia Theatre transformed for this feet-tapping, immersive opera experience. Note: The seating configuration of the Olympia will be changed for this production.
Banned by the Nazis in the 1930s, this rousing work has lost none of its bite. Weill’s thrilling score complete with opera, jazz and cabaret, remains ground-breaking while Brecht’s sharp satire is as entertaining as it is provocative.
SUNG IN ENGLISH, THE OPERA FEATURES A FULL ORCHESTRA PLUS A CHORUS OF 22 PROFESSIONAL SINGERS.
Dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, Mahagonny is a city founded by three stranded fugitives - ruthless entrepreneur Begbick and her henchmen Moses and Fatty - where cash is king and anything goes.
The downtrodden and desperate flood in to savour the city’s delights and take their ease, reveling in joyous consumption and signing up to the rule of misrule until they discover the sting in the tail; in Mahagonny, the greatest crime of all is the inability to pay.
Director Lynne Parker transforms and celebrates the Olympia Theatre to evoke a timeless, universal metropolis.
Irish soprano Claudia Boyle stars as the enigmatic hooker Jenny Smith, who leads the Albama Song; and the renegade ringleaders are sung by Anne Marie Gibbons (Begbick), John Molloy (Trinity Moses), and Ross Scanlon (Fatty the Bookkeeper) with Julian Hubbard as the existential rebel Jimmy Mahoney.
Conductor David Brophy
Director Lynne Parker
Costumes Consolata Boyle
Lighting Aedin Cosgrove
Full cast includes:
Julian Hubbard / Claudia Boyle / Christopher Cull / Anne Marie Gibbons / Eamonn Mulhall / John Molloy / Julian Tovey / Ross Scanlon / Andrew Boushell
This project is the 2014 recipient of Sky Arts Ignition, part of Sky’s commitment to the cultural sector. Sky is supporting the project through direct investment as well as on-air, marketing and digital support.
Rough Magic and OTC would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Arts Council.