It’s been announced that a brand new revival of the Olivier Award winning musical JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA, is to open at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre this Summer.
Directed by James Baker (who returns to the venue following his acclaimed production of YANK!), the production marks the first professional revival of the piece since the original National Theatre production in 2003. That version toured to Manchester in 2006.
JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA features music and lyrics by Richard Thomas with book and additional lyrics by comedian Stewart Lee. Based on the reality TV show Jerry Springer, the musical features Satan, God and tap dancing KKK members. JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA premiered at the National Theatre before transferring to the West End and winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical. The production caused massive controversy for its provocative themes inciting protests on its UK tour and for its BBC television broadcast.
On the new production, director Baker said: ‘JERRY SPRINGER today means something very different to a modern audience. We’ve advanced so fiercely into a new digital age, past the all-you-can-eat chat show buffet. But where we’ve ended up is far more frightening. It’s time to hold that mirror back up. We are bringing you a fresh version of Jerry. One that is again a provocation but also a reflection of our times. We aim to create a movement’.
The revival is produced by new company Northern Ricochet. Casting for the new Manchester production is still to be announced.
JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA runs at the Hope Mill Theatre from 8th August to 31st August. Tickets are on sale now.