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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 »

- Severin Carrell

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