Rhondda Rips it Up!

Starring Lesley Garrett & Madeleine Shaw 21 -22 Jun 7.30pm
Rhondda Rips it Up! Starring Lesley Garrett & Madeleine Shaw 21 -22 Jun 7.30pm

Welsh National Opera presents an uproarious comic entertainment

★★★★★  The Times 

★★★★  The Guardian  ★★★★  The  Stage

Rhondda Rips It Up! is a riotous romp through the life of Margaret Haig Thomas (Lady Rhondda), the Newport suffragette whose activities paved the way for women’s rights in the personal, professional and political worlds.

Performed in a classic music hall style, with original songs inspired by the suffragette slogans, this tongue-in-cheek production takes you on a whirlwind tour of the inspiring activist’s mission. We’re guided through the story by our very own MC (Lesley Garrett) as Lady Rhondda (Madeleine Shaw) takes on politicians, peers and a post
box as she marches towards the House of Lords.

The production will feature an all-female cast and creative team, and is composed by Elena Langer with a libretto by Emma Jenkins

‘I defy anyone not to be swept away by this rule-breaking production. It’s bursting with irreverent joy.’  The Times

‘…Welsh National Opera has got itself a hit’  Theatre In Wale

Click below to watch a series of videos showing the WNO creative team explore the inspiration behind the opera, and the process they go through to create an opera.



Hackney Empire

£25  (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)

Sung in English 

Pre show 

Join the Welsh National Opera Community Chorus at 18:50pm  inside venue.

Post-show discussion on 22 June

Angela John (Professor of History and biographer of Lady Rhondda) will lead a free post-show discussion in the auditorium with members of the cast and creative team  (Free to same day ticket holders.)  No pre-booking required  – (subject to availability).


Cast & Creative Team

Lesley GarrettEmcee
Madeleine ShawLady Rhondda
Helen ArchdaleAnitra Blaxhall
Sybil Rosie Hay
PridPaula Greenwood
EdithMeriel Andrew
Birkenhead Monika Sawa
Lord AsquithLouise Ratcliffe
Lottie Catherine Wood
DirectorCaroline Clegg
ComposerElena Langer
LibrettoEmma Jenkins
DesignerLara Booth
ConductorNicola Rose
Assistant ConductorBerrak Dyer
Lighting Designer Elanor Higgins

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