Presented by Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Warwick Arts Centre.
Prostitute, mistress, murderer. The brilliantly twisted Tiger Lillies take on one of theatre’s most seductive and intoxicating creations, Lulu. With 20 new songs and innumerable dark tales from the underbelly of the city, the Lillies combine cabaret, opera, video and delicious imagery to seduce, delight and terrify.
Lulu’s unbridled sex appeal, her youth, and her self-destructiveness combine to make her dangerous, unpredictable and tragic. With the men (and the women) who circle her, Lulu’s journey from street prostitute to the toast of society and back again, is told as a hypnotic and kaleidoscopic dance of death. Journey with her from Berlin to Paris and finally to the dark London streets of Jack The Ripper.
The Tiger Lillies’ genre-defying brand of other-worldly vocals and unnerving performance style have carved them a unique niche in the cabaret and music theatre scene.
Opera North gratefully acknowledges the support of PRS for Music Foundation
“I would defy anyone to remove their eyes from the sublimely illuminated stage as Laura Caldow delivers a heartbreakingly tender dance performance as the tragic heroine” (The Independent)
“So morally provocative, intriguingly two-edged” (The Times)
Written by Martyn Jacques
Directed by Mark Holt Housen
Performed by The Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow
Based on Frank Wedekind’s play Pandora’s Box
Commissioned by Opera North
The Tiger Lillies formed in 1989, and defy any singular description. They operate within their own eccentric definitions. Their songs (once described as ‘Surrealist Pornography’) have taken them around the world, and they have toured with shows including Shockheaded Peter, Hamlet & The Freak Show.