Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of The Tiger Lillies: Lulu – a Murder Ballad. It was last on stage 23–28 November 2015 as part of the Autumn 2015/16 season.
The unmistakable sound of the Tiger Lillies – singer and accordionist Martyn Jacques, bass player Adrian Stout and percussionist Jonas Golland – has earned the band cult status. Part grand guignol, part seedy vaudeville, part grunge cabaret, the Tiger Lillies have always been drawn towards the theatrical. Their previous stagings include the award-winning Shockheaded Peter and their adaptation of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In Lulu: a Murder Ballad they turn to one of theatre’s most seductive and intoxicating creations.
Playwright Frank Wedekind worked obsessively on his Lulu plays, Earth Spirit (1895) and Pandora’s Box (1904), which later inspired the G.W. Pabst film Pandora’s Box (1929) and Berg’s opera Lulu (1935). Lulu’s unbridled sex appeal, her youth and her self-destructiveness combine to make her dangerous, unpredictable and tragic. In Lulu: a Murder Ballad, the Tiger Lillies’ flamboyant live performance is enhanced by large-scale virtual sets that create an immersive and richly atmospheric environment. Across 20 songs and interludes, the ballad of Lulu unfolds as an uncompromising musical and visual melodrama.
News and features
23 November 2015
The latest stage work from cult band The Tiger Lillies is part of a centuries-long tradition of art that challenges social and cultural conventions.
17 November 2015
Our quick introduction to this dark and twisted take on the Lulu legend from punk cabaret band The Tiger Lillies.