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Michael Peavoy, Neil Marcus and Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for Buskers Opera Ltd in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere of

The Buskers Opera

A new musical by Dougal Irvine

Dougal Irvine will be Busking Pre-Show on Wednesday 1 June at 6pm with Julie Atherton

Join us at Park Theatre for some Pre-Show entertainment from the very talented writer of the Buskers Opera Dougal Irvine. He will be joined by Julie Atherton.

Julie Atherton is one of the West End's most versatile entertainers, with a distinctive voice and unmatched comic timing. The Preston-born star is well known as a supporter of new writing in musical theatre.



This sets out to provide a warm and welcoming environment. The performance is adapted to be more accessible and inclusive, with adjustments to lighting and sound levels, and a relaxed attitude to noise and moving around the auditorium during the play. A comfortable ‘break out zone’ will also be provided for anyone who wishes to take time out during the performance.


Tickets are free and available on request and should be booked by Friday 21 May. Please note that we can accommodate up to four wheelchair spaces, subject to availability.

To book your tickets and for any information regarding transport or access requirements please contact:

Naomi Dixon
Venue and Volunteer Manager
Park Theatre
[email protected]
207 167 6627


The Buskers Opera – a brand new play with music by Dougal Irvine

This play combines music and comedy to present a satirical performance taking a funny and mocking look at the politics surrounding the London Olympics in order to show how unfair and absurd life can be.

Set in London during the run up to the Olympics 2012, a city determined to deliver the greatest Olympics ever. Pulling the strings is media mogul, broadcaster and puppet master, Jeremiah Peachum. Together with his star of the show, Lockitt, the Mayor of London, they are they are determined to drive their political agenda across the finish line.

Enter satirical street busker Macheath and his gang of dissenters ‘The Ninety Nine Percenters’, determined to rise up and act on behalf of the ordinary people of London who can barely afford to eat, let alone buy tickets for the Olympics. Click HERE to hear feedback from the show.

SUITABLE FOR AGES 15+ Adult themes and some mild swearing.

RUNNING TIME: Approx 2 hours and 15 minutes including one interval.

There was a Post Show talk with theatre critic Mark Shenton on Tuesday 24 May

Mark will be joined by the writer, composer and lyricist of The Buskers Opera Dougal Irvine to talk about the creative process of writing a musical. The Q&A is free to all ticket-holders and will last about 30 min.

Mark Shenton is a theatre critic, commentator and interviewer. He writes regularly for The Stage (including a daily blog), where he an Associate Editor and also joint lead theatre critic. He also reviews for London Theatre Guide and is London correspondent for, for whom he writes daily news stories. He has conducted public platform interviews at the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and Stratford East Theatre Royal. He is also currently chairman of the drama section of the Critics’ Circle.

There was a post-show Q&A with Terri Paddock on Wednesday 11 May 2016.

Terri will be joined by Dougal Irvine and members of the company to talk about the fascinating process of putting this world premiere musical together. The Q&A is free to all ticket-holders

Terri Paddock led for nearly 17 years from 1997 to the end of December 2013, building it into the UK’s leading theatre website and consumer brand.

Terri launched the audience-voted WhatsOnStage Awards, the original “theatregoers’ choice” prizes, the ever-popular WhatsOnStage Outings, and the WhatsOnStage Theatre Club; helped acquire and rebrand Theatregoer Magazine as WhatsOnStage Magazine, which she edited for several years in addition to the website; and hosted hundreds of post-show Q&As with actors and other creatives, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derek Jacobi, Orlando Bloom, and many other household names. Visit her website here.