Brother and sister Pepíček and Aninku are too poor to buy milk for their sick mother. They sing for money in the street, but the evil organ grinder Brundibár chases them away.

With the help of a fearless sparrow, clever cat, wise dog and the children of the town, Pepíček and Aninku are able to overcome Brundibár and sing in the market square.The playful score, performed by members of the Southbank Sinfonia and local musicians, leaps between Czech folk tunes, lively marches, polkas and waltzes. Polish bass Piotr Lempa plays the title role and is joined by a cast of young performers. Brundibár was written in 1938 by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása and was first publicly performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943. As the unlikely survival of this opera suggests, the joy and beauty expressed in music and art can outlast evil.

  • Hans Krása composer
  • Adolf Hoffmeister libretto
  • Frederic Wake-Walker director
  • Piotr Lempa Brundibár
  • Alice Farnham conductor
  • Alice Knight associate director
  • Anna Jones designer
  • Tom Oldham associate designer/costume designer
  • Dan Large lighting designer
  • Tammy Rose production manager
  • Nicola Buys stage manager
  • Nick Fowler stage manager
  • Lisa Hickey costume maker
  • Sara Owst costume maker
  • Holly Owst costume supervisor
  • Suzanne Patridge wardrobe
  • Adam Squire lighting technician
  • Matt Ledbury & Watford Palace Theatre set construction
Performances of Hans Krasa's Brundibár are always in some degree heart-rending, but Mahogany Opera Group's production at the Purcell Room was particularly so... under the direction of Frederic Wake-Walker and with players of the Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Alice Farnham, the opera sprang vividly to life, and it wasn't difficult to see the faces of those hopeful kids in 1943 behind the figures of today's bright, multi-racial cast.
The Independent
Brundibár emerges here as a beguiling score of alphabetical simplicity and melodic freshness that tugs at the heartstrings and sets feet tapping’
The Daily Telegraph
No praise is too high for the enthusiasm and commitment of the children as they threw themselves into their roles […] we were fully absorbed in their world
East Anglian Daily Times

28 June 2015

Norwich Playhouse, in partnership with Young Norfolk Arts Festival and Norfolk Music Service

18 & 19 April 2015

Watford Palace Theatre, in partnership with Watford Palace Theatre and Hertfordshire Music Service

27 & 28 February 2015

Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre, Workington, in partnership with Rosehill Theatre and National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

13 & 14 February 2015

Southbank Centre, London, in partnership with Pembroke Academy of Music, presented as part of the Imagine Children’s Festival


8 & 9 November 2014

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, in partnership with Jubilee Opera


Produced by Mahogany Opera Group in association with Jubilee Opera and Watford Palace Theatre.


Supported by Arts Council England, the Adnams Charity, Aldeburgh Town Council, the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, the East Suffolk Decorative and Fine Arts Society, the Foyle Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Garrick Charitable Trust, J Paul Getty Charitable Trust, the Kobler Trust, the Music Sales Charitable Trust, the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the Vaulkhard Douglas-Home Music Trust, the Barbara Whatmore Trust, the Norman Scarfe Charitable Trust, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, John and Ann-Margaret Walton, Garth and Lucy Pollard and those who wish to remain anonymous.

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