Eight Songs For A Mad King

By Sir Peter Maxwell Davis

7 - 8 / 8 / 19Potemkin Theatre, 55 Laburnum Street.

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THE KING IS MAD. A MADMAN THINKS HE IS KING.

Long established as one of the most celebrated and shocking pieces of British music theatre ever written, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ 8 Songs for a Mad King is an extravagant, disturbing and poignant portrayal of madness.

Through this compelling retelling, Shadwell Opera bring their vision to this visceral monodrama that delves deep into the torrid anxiety of our contemporary society.

Nicholas Morris – Baritone
Chris Stark – Conductor
Jack Furness – Director

In March 2019, the Potemkin Theatre was announced as the winner of the Antepavilion architecture prize.

Created by Maich Swift Architects, and  inspired by Monsieur Hulot’s tumbledown building in Jacques Tati’s film Mon Oncle, the Potemkin Theatre looks over the wharf, the canal and surroundings, providing a stage from which to see and be seen.

The aspiration was that it would function as a theatre, cinema and events space over the summer 2019… and perhaps beyond.