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Lazarus Theatre Company

Classic Theatre Reimagined


A One-Night-Only, Semi-Staged Reading

John Gay

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


Rachel August

Kate Austen

Tamara Camacho

Micha Colombo

Rachel Fenwick

Serin Ibrahim

Yasmeen Khalaf

Harriet Knight

Pauline Nakirya

Larissa Oates

LaTanya Peterkin

RJ Seeley

Kerry Willison-Parry


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


Polly is a ballad opera with text by John Gay and music by Johann Christoph Pepusch. It is a sequel to Gay's The Beggar's Opera. Due to censorship, the opera was not performed in Gay's lifetime.

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.

It had its world premiere on 19 June 1777 at the Haymarket Theatre in London. A revised and edited version of the score by Clifford Bax and Frederic Austin premiered on 30 December 1922 at the Kingsway Theatre in London

Box Office 

Dates Monday 21st November at 7.45pm

Venue The Jack Studio Theatre

Tickets All tickets just £10

To Book

PRESS AND OPENING NIGHT Monday 21st November 2016

Closes Monday 21st November

      ★★★★ “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...

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