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|Dates Set for Jerry Springer - The Opera
- The National welcomes nuts 'n' sluts talk-show musical
THE NATIONAL THEATRE premieres Jerry Springer - The Opera from April 9. Michael Brandon builds on his experience performing in TV shows like Jonathan Creek and Ally McBeal to play the American chat show host.
The trailer trash comedy started out in May 2001 as a simple idea premiered at a Battersea Arts Centre scratch night. The show took on cult status and returned for a three-week sell-out season last February before storming the Edinburgh Fringe with a production masterminded by designer Julian 'Shockheaded Peter' Crouch and National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner.
The show is based on Springer's reputation for shameless reality TV programmes in which members of a studio audience are encouraged to abuse each other and offend viewers. The musical charts a fantastical day in the life of the chat show host as he journeys to heaven and hell confronting the most bizarre of guests. True to the show's promise to mix high and low culture, the cast of 36 consists mainly of unknowns recruited by the National's first ever open auditions.