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Mack the Knife (the musical)
Corruption, sex, murder, prostitution, poverty
In May 2013 Escapade presented its completely updated version of the classic story of Mack the Knife, the violent gang leader who steals Polly Peachum away from her parents and sets in motion a compelling tale of love and crime in London’s underworld.
Escapade’s production was set in London in 2014, William V is about to be crowned, the electric chair is back, prostitution is legal, riots are a common occurrence and the police force is openly known to be corrupt. Times are so hard that entrepreneur JJ Peachum makes a living out of hiring begging licences and costumes to the poor, so that they can earn an “honest” living on the dangerous streets of London.
An 18-strong cast of actors and singers, a 6 piece orchestra, video projections and a long hard look at petty and grand crime in our times made for this to be a daring roller coaster of a night out.
Cast & crew
Daniel Ewing, Richard Leggott, Sue Flack, Alyssa Burnett, Dermot Arrigan, Jade Cintron, Evan Schweitzer, Billy Jeffries, Ben Serio, Siobhan Sheehan, Andy Laughton, Carrie Lewis, Julie Nash, Anna Húlten, Lisa Bird, Rebecca Ronayne, Emily Linard, Gemma Louize Poole, Wayne Scott, Julius Cotter, Robert Paterson
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In the press
What the audience said
"Bravo all round! I almost wet myself after the 2nd act opener good work y'all! Thanks!"
"Congratulations to all involved. It was great! Great music, great singing, and the adaptation really worked. Thank you very much, I loved it!"
"FAB show..thanks, great talent on stage."
"Loved the show last night! Congrats!!!"
Sketches of Mack