Director | Playwright

Assistant Director: Lazarus Theatre Company (2016)

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Lazarus presents: The Beggar's Opera

Photo credit: Adam Trigg Photography, 2016

8th November - 3rd December 2016
The Jack Studio Theatre

★★★★★ Ginger Wig & Strolling Man
★★★★ Graham Archer, West End Wilma
★★★★ Sarah Cox, Stage Review
★★★★ Paul Ackroyd, RemoteGoat
★★★★ Siân Rowland, London Pub Theatre
★★★★ William Russell, Reviews Gate


Bawdy, Bonkers and Bizarre…

Polly Peachum longs for her newly-married husband, the roguish highwayman, Macheath. Their whirlwind romance is derailed by her parents, his lover, the law and the noose. 

John Gay’s 1728 musical comedy is set deep within London’s underworld, a frantic, dangerous and lascivious world of highwaymen, hangmen and harlots. This uncompromising exposure of moral and financial corruption comes to the stage with an original score and contemporary staging.

Polly Peachum – Michaela Bennison
Lucy Lockit – Elizabeth Hollingshead
Mr Peachum – David Jay Douglas
Mrs Peachum – Natalie Barker
Lockit – Josie Mills
Macheath – Sherwood Alexander
Filch – Louis Rayneau
Matt of the Mint – Alasdair Melrose
Jenny – Rachel Kelly
Mrs Trapes – Shalana Serafina

Written by John Gay
Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes
New Lyrics and Music by Bobby Locke
New Music and Sound Design by Chris Drohan
Design by Sorcha Corcoran
Lighting Design by Stuart Glover
Musical Direction by Dominic Gee-Burch
Dramaturg – Sara Reimers
Stage Manager – Sinéad Sexton
Associate Producer – Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Company Photographer – Adam Trigg
Production Graphic Designer – Will Beeston


Lazarus Presents: Polly (rehearsed reading)

Monday 21st November 2016
The Jack Studio Theatre

Written by John Gay
Adapted and Directed by Sara Reimers
Associate Producer – Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Assistant Director – John King
Lighting Designer – Stuart Glover
Designer – Sorcha Corcoran
Cast - Rachel August, Kate Austen, Tamara Camacho, Micha Colombo, Rachel Fenwick, Serin Ibrahim, Yasmeen Khalaf, Harriet Knight, Pauline Nakirya, Larissa Oates, LaTanya Peterkin, RJ Seeley, Kerry Willison-Parry

Macheath has been transported to the West Indies. Polly Peachum embarks on a life-changing adventure in order to be reunited with her famous highwayman. 

Initially banned by the Lord Chamberlain for being a “filthy and libellous work”, Polly was not performed in Gay’s life time, though it was published and earned Gay several thousand pounds. After its first performance in 1777 it became an instant hit.

Polly is presented in this one-night-only semi-staged performance alongside our Beggar’s Opera offering a unique opportunity to see these two sister plays together.


Lazarus Presents: The Bacchae

Photo credit: Adam Trigg Photography, 2016.

19th April – 7th May 2016
The Blue Elephant Theatre

A wanderer returns, driving the people of the city into a ferocious and liberating frenzy. His actions excite, his message thrills, but his mission is revenge.

Euripides’ hedonistic and uncompromising final play comes to the stage in an all-new devised ensemble production. Through the use of spoken word, movement and music this thrilling production examines belief, sexuality and liberation.

Written by Euripides
Adapted and Directed by Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Additional material written by David Bullen and the company
Costume Designed by Sorcha Corcoran
Lighting Design by Stuart Glover
Sound Design by Neil McKeown
Production Manager – Ina Berggren
Stage Manager – Mel Berry
Dramaturg – David Bullen
Assistant Director – John King
Company Photographer – Adam Trigg
Production Graphic Designer – Will Bestow

Dionysus – Nick Biadon
Pentheus – Stephen Emery
Agaue – Sonja Zobel
Katrine – Lysanne Van Overbeek

Chorus Leader– RJ Seeley
Chorus - Tamara Camacho, Liis Mikk, Amy Allen, Kenzie Horn, Rachel Agustsson, Katherine Judkins
Advisors – Jake W Francis, Ashley Holman, Aidan Valentine

★★★★ “Euripides’ final tragedy – The Bacchae – is pulsatingly brought to life… Lazarus’s interpretation is bold and mesmerising” | Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus

“A striking new devised version of The Bacchae… An enigmatic and seductive take on this Greek tragedy to end all tragedies” | There Ought To Be Clowns

“Another fascinating production by Lazarus that challenges audiences to look at a classic with different eyes” | Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Newtwork

"Lazarus’ productions always flourish in ensemble scenes, and the ferocity of the chorus in this production was striking" | Euston Street Diaries