Die Fledermaus (Street Opera)

Ever had too much to drink on a night out?

Ever had your friends film your idiotic behaviour – superhero costume and all – and then put it on YouTube?

Follow Falke’s attempt to get back at his mate Eisenstein after one too many in this contemporary re-imagining of Johann Strauss’s classic Die Fledermaus.

 

Die Fledermaus is a hugely fun, often silly story with some brilliant characters and very catchy tunes which has been re-imagined as a modern English street performance for Merton and Wandsworth with scenes popping up in shops, pubs, libraries and supermarkets enabling everyone to experience high quality professional opera for free. Die Fledermaus means ‘The Bat’ but in our modern version Bat Man may play a role instead!

This production follows on from the success of our two previous Merton Street Operas Drifting Dragons and Cosi Fan Tutte (OffWestEnd Award Finalist for Best Opera Production). 

Funded by the Wimbledon Foundation’s new Arts and Community Engagement Fund (ACE), Arts Council England, Merton Council,  the Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust  and Cockayne Grants for the Arts. The amazing ACE fund over 2018-2019 has enabled us not only to adapt Die Fledermaus for the high street and present the free unticketed performances across Merton and Wandsworth but also has allowed us to continue and develop our extensive outreach programme teaching even more young people across both boroughs about opera and engaging even more elderly who may not be able to follow our promenade performance live along the high street. Partnering again with the brilliant Merton Music Foundation and local children’s charity Jigsaw4u we have been thrilled to be able to offer these exciting opportunities.

We’ll be announcing the start locations of our Merton & Wandsworth street opera performances very soon so join our mailing list to be the first to hear and we look forward to waltzing down the high street with you! 

Reviews

Highly innovative, and truly unlike anything else.- , The Basic Theatre Review
A delight to watch- , The Basic Theatre Review
The production features an immense level of inventiveness, creativity and ambition.- , The Basic Theatre Review
Die Fledermaus was quite unlike anything I have ever seen within my lifetime- , The Basic Theatre Review

Performance Dates

Date Time Location  
Thu 1st Aug  5pm COLLIERS WOOD
Starts at Savacentre / The Qube, SW19 1DD
 FREE
Fri 2nd Aug  11am POLLARDS HILL
Starts at New Horizon Centre cafe, CR4 1LT
 FREE
Sat 3rd Aug  1pm RAYNES PARK
Starts at Waitrose, Raynes Park, SW20 0BS
 FREE
Sat 3rd Aug  5pm WIMBLEDON
Starts at Elys, Wimbledon SW19 4DP
 FREE
Tue 6th Aug  8pm Arcola Theatre – Indoor Seated Version
24 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL
SOLD OUT
Wed 7th Aug  8pm Arcola Theatre – Indoor Seated Version
24 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL
SOLD OUT
Thu 8th Aug  5pm WANDSWORTH TOWN
Starts at Southside Shopping Centre, SW18 4TQ
 FREE
Fri 9th Aug  1pm MITCHAM
Starts at Morrisons, Mitcham, CR4 2JS
 FREE
Sat 10th Aug  1pm CLAPHAM JUNCTION
Starts at ASDA, 204 Lavender HIll, Battersea, SW11 1JG
 FREE
Sat 10th Aug  5pm WIMBLEDON VILLAGE
Starts at Bayley & Sage, 60 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5EE
 FREE
Tue 13th Aug  1pm MORDEN
Starts at Oxfam, 31 London Road, Morden, SM4 5HT
 FREE
Tue 13th Aug  5pm TOOTING BROADWAY
Starts at Tooting Market, Tooting High Street, SW17 0SN
 FREE
Wed 14th Aug  1pm ROEHAMPTON 
Starts at Roehampton Library, 2 Danebury, Ave, SW15 4HD
 FREE
Wed 14th Aug  5pm WIMBLEDON
Starts at Ground Floor, Elys, Wimbledon SW19 4DP
 FREE

 

Creative Team

Leo Geyer – Arranger/MD
Joanna Turner – Director & Librettist
Marina Hadjilouca – Costume Designer
Lavinia Serban – Stage Manager
Cassidy Davis – ASM
Petros Kourtellaris – Design Assistant

Singers

Claire Wild – Rosalinde
Abigail Kelly – Adele
David Horton – Eisenstein
Alexander Gebhard – Eisenstein (8th – 10th Aug)
James McOran-Campbell – Falke
Alistair Ollerenshaw – Falke (R&D)

Instrumentalists

Leo Geyer – Bassoon
Henry Rankin – Violin 
Ilona Suomalainen – Accordion
Brass Band:
Sian Collins
Derryck Nasib
Ben Day

 

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Our Supporters for this production

 

Wimbledon Foundation