Mahagonny – Olympia Theatre – June 13-22 – Preview


This one could be a bit special. Rough Magic are this years recipients of the Sky Arts Ignition Award, which offers a sum of €230,000 for the creation of a new production. They have been busy over the last few months creating and it’s now just over a week away. Brecht/ Weil’s opera ‘The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny‘ will be performed six times only between June 13th and 22nd! All the stops have been pulled out, and the production will feature a full orchestra and a 22 piece choir. The Olympia theatre has been reimagined by architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey.

The size and scale of this should be beyond the majority of Irish productions, so it is not to be missed. You can buy tickets here.

You can see details of Sky’s ‘Only in Mahagonny’ online adventure here. #onlyinmahagonny

Recipients of the Sky Arts Ignition Award, Rough Magic Theatre Company and Opera Theatre Company are bringing to life the iconic Brecht/Weill opera ‘The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’ for six performances only at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in June 2014.

Lynne Parker said “The Sky Arts Ignition award enables us to bring an electrifying work of art to one of the city’s most beautiful and atmospheric theatres, creating a new relationship between the audience, Brecht’s epic satire and Kurt Weill’s groundbreaking score.”

The show tells the story of the creation and destruction of the city of Mahagonny, founded by three criminals and devoted to pleasure, which soon descends into chaotic scenes of gambling, fighting, debauchery and murder. Although the creators called the work an opera, the complex score also draws from jazz and cabaret.

We are delighted to announce that an exciting cast of Irish and Irish-based singers has been assembled for this major production.

Irish soprano Claudia Boyle will play the leading role of prostitute Jenny Smith.
Mezzo Anne Marie Gibbons is the widow and ringleader Leocadia Begbick
Baritone John Molloy is boorish boxer Trinity Moses
Tenor Ross Scanlon is Fatty the Bookkeeper
Tenor Julian Hubbard is Jimmy Mahoney
Baritone Christopher Cull is Bank Account Billy
Tenor Eamonn Mulhall is Jacob Schmidt
Bass-baritone Julian Tovey is Alaska Wolf Joe
Tenor Andrew Boushell is Toby Higgins

The production will be directed by Lynne Parker and will run at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin for 6 performances only on 13, 15, 17,19, 21 and 22 June. The production will feature a full orchestra and a professional chorus of 22 Irish singers, led by David Brophy and a line-up of leading Irish singers and performers, Oscar-nominated Consolata Boyle designing costumes, and lighting design by Aedín Cosgrove. Ireland’s leading architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey will play an important role in reimagining the use of the stage in the Olympia to ensure the most compelling audience experience.

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