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Go to jail. Do not pass opera.

Every year around this time, a British opera company goes to jail.

Pimlico’s production with prisoners this year is West Side Story – what happened after Officer Krupke and his NYPD pals rounded up the gangs.

Read the blurb here and below. Call  01962 73 73 66 to buy ticket. Over 18s only. It will be like no opera you ever saw.



Leonard Bernstein’s masterpiece, West Side Story, will be staged at HMP Erlestoke in Wiltshire
this March for eight unforgettable performances.
The cast will include offenders who have been taken from their normal duties to work with
professionals who include: The director is Nikki Woollaston (choreographer on The King’s
Speech); conductor, Toby Purser. The role of Tony will be sung by Robin Bailey, Maria by Caryl Hughes and Brenda Newhouse will sing
the role of Anita.
There are eight public performances.
Friday 1 March 6.30pm (opening night), Saturday 2 March 6.30pm, Sunday 3 March 6.30pm,
Wednesday 6 March 6.30pm, Friday 8 March 2.30pm & 6.30pm, Saturday 9 March 6.30pm,
Sunday 10 March 6.30pm.
HMP Erlestoke in Wiltshire is a Category C establishment holding adult male sentenced
offenders. Part of HMP Erlestoke & Shepton Mallet, it holds 683 sentenced offenders, the
majority of whom are life sentence and serving more than four years in custody. The Erlestoke
site is built on the former grounds of Erlestoke Manor House and opened as a prison in
1962. It has over the past few years expanded in both prisoner numbers and intervention
programmes aimed to reduce the re-offending of prisoners.

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  1. More power to projects like this.

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