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The Tiger Lillies: Lulu – a Murder Ballad

Cult cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies perform their brilliantly twisted song cycle inspired by Frank Wedekind’s fascinating heroine.

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.

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