Jerry Springer – the Opera to be revived at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester
Controversial production Jerry Springer – the Opera is being revived at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, 15 years since it last played in the UK.
The show, which was first performed in 2002 before playing at the National Theatre and touring the UK in 2006, will have a four-week run at the venue. It promises “the same raucous energy with a revamped and fresh production for 2019”.
It is being brought back to the stage as the first show from production company Northern Ricochet, which has been formed by James Baker, Tom Chester and Bill Elms, who all worked together on the musical Parade at the Hope Mill Theatre.
Baker is directing the production, with Chester as musical director and Elms as co-producer.
Baker said: “When Jerry Springer – the Opera first hit stages in the UK, it created a mass protest. It was unapologetic, uncompromising, fresh and original – and fused a highbrow form with a lowbrow subject matter. This fusion was what first attracted me. After getting through the protestors, I sat down and watched the best two hours of entertaining yet profound theatre I’d seen in years. It started a revolution.”
He added this would be “a fresh version of Jerry”.
“One that is again a provocation but also a reflection of our times. We aim to create a movement,” he said.
The show is written by Richard Thomas, who also wrote the music and lyrics, with the book and additional lyrics by Stewart Lee.
It runs at the venue from August 8 to August 31, with a press night on August 13.