Die Fledermaus

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.


Our new production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus has been cut to approximately an hour, with a new modern English libretto by Baseless Fabric Artistic Director Joanna Turner, and the music re-written for violin, accordion and bassoon by Leo Geyer. It has been re-imagined as a street opera 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. And excitingly we’re also adapting it for the Arcola Theatre to be part of their prestigious Grimeborn Opera Festival!

Funded by the Wimbledon Foundation’s new Arts and Community Engagement Fund (ACE), Arts Council England, Merton Council and the Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust, this production follows on from the success of our two previous Merton Street Operas Drifting Dragons (which we also took to Grimeborn in 2016) and Cosi Fan Tutte (OffWestEnd Award Finalist for Best Opera Production). Die Fledermaus is a hugely fun, often silly story with some brilliant characters and very catchy tunes so hope you fancy waltzing down the high street with us. Die Fledermaus means ‘The Bat’ but in our modern version Bat Man may play a role instead!

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 South London 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.


Creative Team

Leo Geyer – Arranger/MD
Joanna Turner – Director & Librettist


Claire Wild – Rosalinde
Abigail Kelly – Adele
David Horton – Eisenstein
James McOran-Campbell – Falke
Alistair Ollerenshaw – Falke (R&D)


Leo Geyer – Bassoon
Henry Rankin – Violin 
Ilona Suomalainen – Accordion


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Our Supporters for this production

Wimbledon Foundation