Opened 5 Sep 2013
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
One of the most extraordinary acts you're ever likely to see. Whatever reaction they provoke, you can't ignore the Tiger Lillies. They fuse cabaret (in the true sense), vaudeville, music-hall and street theatre in a style that is totally spell-binding, always thought-provoking , often hilarious, and in every sense unique.
The Tiger Lillies' genre-defying brand of other-worldly vocals and unnerving performance style has carved them a unique niche in the cabaret and musical theatre scene. After a hit run of Hamlet at Southbank Centre in 2012, the cult creators of the award-winning Shockheaded Peter now stage another adaptation of a macabre classic. This visceral repackaging of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner takes Coleridge's tale of the sinister and supernatural and adds its own dash of music-hall panache and sometimes shocking perspective. The band's flamboyant live performance is enhanced by large-scale virtual sets designed by visual artist Mark Holthusen that create an immersive and highly atmospheric environment. Across 25 songs and interludes, the legend of the Ancient Mariner unfolds as uncompromising musical and visual melodrama. The performances at Southbank Centre follow the UK premiere at Brighton Festival on 23 May 2013 and the release of their The Rime of the Ancient Mariner album to accompany the show.
Queen Elizabeth Hall. Part of Southbank Centre's Festival of Neighbourhood with Mastercard