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Kardashian vs Mozart

The Marriage of Kim K opens this summer’s Grimeborn festival at the Arcola Theatre

13 July, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

The Marriage of Kim K from Leoe & Hyde

More than a dozen operas are being performed at this summer’s six-week Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston, starting in just over two weeks’ time.

New versions of classic operas, rarely-seen and long-forgotten works and new pieces make up the Arcola razzmatazz.

Opener on Tuesday, July 25, through to Saturday, July 29, is a piece of inspired wackiness – The Marriage of Kim K. This is a brisk, ambitious take on Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

In 2011, curvacious reality star Kim Kardashian televised her fairytale wedding to NBA basketball star Kris Humphries. Seventy-two days later, she filed for divorce.

The new opera’s plot sounds pretty tortuous. Real-life couple Amelia and Stephen are arguing about what to watch on their TV: The Marriage of Figaro or Keeping up with the Kardashians?

Hijinks ensue with three squabbling couples and three styles of music – electronic, pop and classical – as attention turns from one couple to another.

The music re-arranges Mozart’s original score while sticking closely to its structure. The piece is by Mancunian musical duo Leoe & Hyde, noted for writing musicals fit for the 21st century.

Other Grimeborn operas include:

July 31-August 4: Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with dance, masks and puppetry.
August 1-4: Double bill of Rossini’s The Silken Ladder and Offenbach’s A Husband at the Door.
August 2: Pop Up Opera’s staging of Chabrier’s Une Education Manquee.
August 4-5: Janáček’s song-cycle Diary of One who Disappeared.
August 5-6: Basement Opera’s staging of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess.
August 8-12: Ensemble OrQuesta’s thrilling staging of Lully’s Armide.
August 16-26: Saint-Saëns’s Samson & Delilah directed by award-winning Aylin Bozok.
August 29-September 2: Return of multi-award-winning five-star production of Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story.

• The Grimeborn Festival is at Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8.
020 7503 1646, www.arcolatheatre.com/grimeborn

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