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Opera Double Bill:
Bread and  Circuses  / The croc

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Opera Double Bill: Bread and Circuses and The CroC

Monday 21st September, Tuesday 22nd September and Wednesday 23rd September at 7.30pm

Bread and Circuses

Bread and Circuses: ‘'an opera in two acts and a wrestling show’’. Set in the world of professional wrestling, the show explores ‘’Kayfabe’’: when the rivalries and relationships between wrestlers are staged as real. Imagine a mash-up between World Wrestling Entertainment, with verismo opera Pagliacci, and retro videogaming. The show’s sound world is a fusion of opera, musical theatre, and 90s electronica. With music direction by Mark Johnson, stage direction by Julia Mintzer, score by Liam Wade and libretto by Charles Ogilvie. Surreal, daring and pacey, the energy and smack of Bread & Circuses takes no prisoners.

The CroC

The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow is a comic opera set against the backdrop of fetid 18th Century Paris.

The Marquis De Sade has lost his libido and must find it or lose his head to the chopping block of Marie Antoinette. His quest takes him to a mythical world to petition its Crocodile God of fertility.

Overview: The Marquis de Sade, threatened with death and torture from Marie Antoinette, is compelled to undertake a quest, to regain his lost libido. Utilising opera, gospel, magical elixirs, profanity, irreverence and high art with low morals, the show’s creator Darren Berry weaves an elaborate, hallucinatory, cautionary tale.

The performance of ‘The CroC’ for the Playground will be of only the first ACT, lasting around 40mins.

The ‘Covid’ Croc’ will differ from a regular performance as it intermingles live singing and acting alongside a pre-recorded film of the show and will be using only 2 singers playing multiple roles, and a narrator to tell the story.

Age range: 15 upwards

Content Warning: Strong language and sexual themes throughout.

Produced by Reptilian Productions

Monday 21st September, Tuesday 22nd September and Wednesday 23rd September at 7.30pm

How To Buy your Ticket
To purchase a seat, choose your date and simply click on one of the coloured circles in a row of two, four or five seats where you would like to sit. You will be making a single purchase on one seat, which will give you all of the seats in that row of two, four or five seats. If there are no coloured seats in a given row of two, four or five seats, then that row has already been sold.

Social Distance Seating at The Playground Theatre
Welcome To The Playground Theatre. To comply with Covid-19 Social Distancing guidelines, tickets for this event are only available in seating clusters of 2-seats, 4-seats or 5-seats.

Patrons who require space for three people will need to purchase either a 4-seat or 5-seat cluster. Patrons who are coming in a party of six people or more will need to purchase two or more seating clusters appropriate to their needs.

To maintain social distancing within the theatre anyone requiring solo seating will need to purchase a 2-seat cluster as single ticket purchases will not currently be available.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause but the venue has to ensure the safety and well-being of all patrons visiting the theatre and the seating restrictions enable us to comply with these requirements and still stage live theatre for you to enjoy.

To ensure the health and safety of all audience members, performers and theatre staff and reduce the risk of covid-19 cross-contamination we regret that any latecomers will not be permitted into the Theatre.

Please note all seating purchases are final and refunds in part or in whole cannot be made if you or a member of your party is unable to attend or is refused entry due to late arrival.


Please ensure you bring and wear a mask in the theatre or purchase one from the box office. Please be advised that if anyone attending shows signs of being unwell or receives a temperature test that indicates they may be affected by Covid19 , the venue reserves the right to refuse admission in the interests and safety of all patrons in the theatre.

Content Warning: Strong language, loud noise, and themes of an adult nature throughout.

We do not accept Amex.
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Suitable for age 14+
THIS PRODUCTION runs for approximately 80 mins.

21st - 23rd September


The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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