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2 items from 2011

Rory Bremner: 'I've always been a bit of a dilettante'

19 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After Strictly, Rory Bremner has put his own spin on Orpheus in the Underworld

It's 20 minutes into my conversation with Rory Bremner when I realise something isn't quite right. The veteran satirist, who made his name impersonating countless public figures, is sitting in the Bluebird club near his Chelsea home sipping a cappuccino and telling me about the operetta he's just translated. If past profiles of the 50-year-old are to be believed, Bremner spends more time during interviews inhabiting other people than being himself – but I'm yet to witness a single impression.

Perhaps he's out of practice. Since an election special they did in May 2010, his long-running show with satirists John Bird and John Fortune seems to have been forgotten by Channel 4. Bremner is mystified. "It's just weird. We did shows with them for 19 years – and then it stops, and I haven't heard anything since."

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- Killian Fox

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Rory Bremner to parody Bullingdon Club with translation of comic opera

24 May 2011 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Comedian and satirist writing updated English translation of Jacques Offenbach's satirical work, Orpheus in the Underworld

The comedian and satirist Rory Bremner is planning to parody the coalition government, MPs' expenses and the Bullingdon Club in a revamped version of the French comic opera Orpheus in the Underworld.

The Bullingdon, an exclusive Oxford University drinking society for wealthy students, is famous chiefly for numbering Conservative politicians David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson as members in the same year.

Bremner is now writing an updated English translation of Jacques Offenbach's light and satirical work which parodied the regime of Napoleon III. First staged in 1858, it is most famous for its riotous Can-can melody.

The opera was originally set in classical Greece and scandalised some at its premier in Paris with its risqué scenes. Bremner's version – a collaboration with Oliver Mears, artistic director of Northern Ireland Opera – is likely »

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