The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
An Opera, sung in English, featuring a full orchestra plus a chorus of 22 Professional Singers. The Olympia Theatre has been changed for this production to make sure the audience is at the very heart of the action. Banned by the Nazis in the 1930s, this rousing work has lost none of its bite. Weill’s thrilling score complete with opera, jazz and cabaret, remains ground-breaking while Brecht’s sharp satire is as entertaining as it is provocative.
Dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, Mahagonny is a city founded by three stranded fugitives - ruthless entrepreneur Begbick and her henchmen Moses and Fatty - where cash is king and anything goes. The downtrodden and desperate flood in to savour the city’s delights and take their ease, reveling in joyous consumption and signing up to the rule of misrule until they discover the sting in the tail; in Mahagonny, the greatest crime of all is the inability to pay.
The entire production is 2 hours 40 mins plus a 20 minute interval after 1 hour 20. Tickets are from €20 to €75.