Lazarus Theatre Company
A One-Night-Only, Semi-Staged Reading
Monday 21st November 2016
The Jack Studio Theatre
The adventure continues…
Macheath has been transported to the West Indies… Polly Peachum embarks on a life-changing adventure in order to be reunited with her famous highwayman.
Initially banned by the Lord Chamberlain for being a “filthy and libellous work”, Polly was not performed in Gay’s life time, though it was published and earned Gay several thousand pounds. After its first performance in 1777 it became an instant hit.
Polly is presented in this one-night-only semi-staged performance alongside our Beggar’s Opera offering a unique opportunity to see these two sister plays together.
★★★★★ “With its engrossing, quick-moving story, the audience will spend time both on the edge of their seat and falling back with laughter”
Matthew Pronchick, The Upcoming on The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Cast and Creative
Written by John Gay
Adapted and Directed by Sara Reimers
Associate Producer – Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Assistant Director – John King
Lighting Designer – Stuart Glover
Designer – Sorcha Corcoran
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Images of Inspiration
★★★★★ “I truly believe that no other company uses its ensemble in the same magnificent way that Lazarus do… This remains a visionary company who have once again brought us a stunning and thoughtful adaptation. Not to be missed.”
View from the Gods on Tamburlaine
However, the censorship did not affect Gay much — on the contrary it proved as excellent advertisement. The play was published by subscription in 1729, and Gay earned several thousand pounds.
★★★★ “To present an all-female cast as a ‘band of brothers’ who score a decisive victory over the French at the Battle of Agincourt is a bold move by the Lazarus Theatre Company”
Londontheatre1 on Henry V
Polly in the press...