Polly (The Heartbreak Opera)

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An 18th Century rom-com is ripped apart in this joyous dissection of love, loss and revenge. In a tacky beach resort on a storm hit island we meet jilted brides, drag king politicians, a pregnant murderess, and a pirate boyband called Blazin' Squid. Telling not just the story of Purest Polly Peachum but of the other wives of Mac the Knife as well, this is a viciously satirical, unashamedly sexy, fierce and very funny musical. It is a wild, joyous battle cry, with songs inspired by Peaches, Britney and Nina Simone.

Polly is a collaboration between Marie Hamilton (Madonna On The Rocks) and Sharp Teeth Theatre. It was made at Theatrehaus, Berlin, and was directed by Stephanie Kempson, Fringe First award-winning director of 'The Good The Bad and The Coyote Ugly' and Broadway hit 'Breathless' (NY Times Critics Pick). It was devised by the company, with a score by Cameron Macintosh award winner Ben Osborn and Madeline Shann.



A triumphant melding of satire, stagecraft, and more than a hint of the sinister... laugh-a-minute stuff of the highest order.

- The Greenwich Visitor

Horror amid the hilarity: Marie Hamilton and Stephanie Kempson’s musical John Gay adaptation hits all the right notes... Overwhelming fun

- Exeunt

Gritty, in-your-face, intelligent exploration of feminism, power and control, completely bang on for political timing and satirical commentary.

- Weston-Super-Mum (A notorious South West theatre blog)

Company: Marie Hamilton and Sharp Teeth Theatre


Genre: Theatre

Duration: 135 mins

This event has an interval.

Venues: The Rotunda Theatre: Bubble

Venue Accessibility:

Assistance Dogs Welcome Assistance Dogs Welcome

Wheelchair Accessible Wheelchair Accessible

Age suitability:
16+ (Guideline)

Babes in Arms policy:
Under 2's are not allowed at this event.

Content Warnings:

 Strong Language Strong Language

 Nudity Nudity

 Contains Haze/Smoke Effects Contains Haze/Smoke Effects

 Loud Noises Loud Noises

 References to Drug/Alcohol Misuse References to Drug/Alcohol Misuse

 References to Sexual Abuse References to Sexual Abuse

 Depictions and references to Violence Depictions and references to Violence

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May 26, 2024


The Rotunda Theatre: Bubble

Standard: £13

Conc: £11

May 27, 2024


The Rotunda Theatre: Bubble

Standard: £13

Conc: £11


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