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Scottish Opera – Marx in London! at Theatre Royal Glasgow

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The UK premiere of Jonathan Dove’s opera, a kinetic new production, plumbing the frivolity and profundity of one man’s existence.

London, 1871. The spectre of communism might be haunting Europe, but Karl Marx’s demons are far more mundane. Watched by a spy, chased by debt collectors, harassed by his family (legitimate and not), and rescued repeatedly from financial ruin by Friedrich Engels, a single madcap day is the backdrop for a run of misadventures and mistakes. Marx might have envisioned an economic system that would restore order and equality to the workers of the world, but his own affairs are in chaos. Amidst this storm in a teacup, can he find an hour to write?

This grand farce is led by Roland Wood (Il trittico 2023) as Karl Marx. Marx in London! takes the great thinker off his pedestal, interweaving zany humour with moments of sadness and sorrow.

a genuine comedy… Dove’s score is bright, rhythmically insistent and pacy
– THE GUARDIAN
Enhance your experience of Marx in London! with a pre-show talk on Thu 15 Feb 2024 where the Scottish Opera artistic team will share some behind-the-scenes insights into the production. Book your tickets here.

Sat 17 February’s performance is an Audio Described Performance, which is suitable for all and remains completely unchanged. Visually impaired audience members will receive audio description directly to a headset. To book this service please call our Access team on 0333 009 5399.

For more information about Audio Description, please visit Scottish Opera’s website here.

Sung in English with English supertitles

Libretto Charles Hart
Conductor David Parry
Director Stephen Barlow
Designer Yannis Thavoris
Lighting Designer Rory Beaton
Video Designer PJ McEvoy
Karl Marx Roland Wood
Jenny Marx Orla Boylan
Tussi Marx Rebecca Bottone
Freddy William Morgan
Helene Lucy Schaufer
Friedrich Engels Alasdair Elliott
Spy Jamie MacDougall
Pawnbroker John Molloy
Franz Chuma Sijeqa
Melanzane Paul Hopwood

Scottish Opera – Marx in London! is at Theatre Royal Glasgow from Tuesday 13th February, 2024 to Saturday 17th February, 2024.

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