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Puccini’s Sounds of the Seine – creating a new chamber arrangement for Il tabarro

Our Music Director Jonathan Lyness began his labour of love, creating a new score for four instruments to perform Puccini’s Il tabarro, in November 2019. Now, a year later than expected due to the Covid pandemic, he’s preparing the instrumental...
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Ooh La La! MWO return to touring with our 2021/2022 season – Puccini in Paris

Il tabarro – SmallStages Tour Autumn 2021 La bohème – MainStages Tour Spring 2022 With huge relief, and great delight, MWO return to touring this Autumn and our Artistic Director Richard Studer can’t wait to get back on the road....
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A Last Look Back at SmallStages 2019

The Peachums have now officially left the building, but before we roll up our beautiful Hogarth backdrop we wanted to take one last look back at SmallStages 2019. We’ve done 15 performances this Autumn, from Cwmbran to Colwyn Bay and...
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Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage – What’s it all about?

Now we’re officially on the road, we wanted to give you a proper low down on how we’ve put together this brand-new version of The Beggar’s Opera and what you can expect if you come and see it! So how...
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Introducing the Peachums – best keep an eye on your handbags folks

Welcome to London’s underworld in the 18th century. To quote Star Wars’ Obi Wan Kenobi on the subject of Mos Eisley spaceport. “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” The world...
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A reworking of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera – thoughts from the Artistic Director

With less than a month to go until the world premiere of our new SmallStages tour, Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage, we caught up with Artistic Director Richard Studer, who created the production and shared his thoughts about...
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The Gin-fuelled Mrs Peachum

John Gay’s ballade opera The Beggar’s Opera was first performed at the Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre in London in 1728 and ran for around 60 performances. The ‘ballade opera’ was a highly popular genre – a satirical musical play with...
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That’s all folks – we’ve finally reached the end of our fabulous tour of A Spanish Hour

Thanks to everyone who came along to see the show, to our amazing cast and wonderful musicians for your magnificent performances and marvellous company...
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The clock’s ticking – join us for A Spanish Hour

Catherine Backhouse – Concepcion Tell us a bit about your character and about the show? I play Concepcion who is married to the local clockmaker, he’s much more interested in the clocks than in her, so when he goes out...
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