Punk to meet opera in new West End musical The Anarchy Arias

GetFileAttachmentOpen auditions will be held to find new talent to star in a major new musical which combines vintage punk with opera. Inspired by Sex Pistols’ bassist Glen Matlock’s innovative operatic punk album ‘The Anarchy Arias’, The Anarchy Arias Musical will hit the West End next year.

Featuring some of punk’s most distinctive songs, including hits from The Clash, The Dammed and The Sex Pistols, the show will be funded by the world’s biggest record label Universal Music whose previous West End investments include the smash hit Mamma Mia!

Revealing the inspiration behind the show, Universal Music senior executive Ted Cockle, said: “I was listening to founding member of the Sex Pistols Glen Matlock talk on Radio 4, and the New Statesman’s arts editor Kate Mossman suggested Glen’s project ‘The Anarchy Arias’ sounded like it could be a musical. It just seemed like such a natural fit. We’d just announced the album and the reaction to the music was incredible. To make these powerful, dramatic arrangements come to life on stage will be astonishing.

The Anarchy Arias is a very exciting project which puts Universal Music at the forefront of punk musical curation. The timing seems perfect to create a new original show in this light, and hosting open auditions will be a fantastic opportunity to find and develop new home grown talent.”

Beginning with the idea of opera singers performing punk, the album and the musical recounts the story of a failing amateur operatic society whose dwindling audiences result in the scheduling of their final performance on the night of their 150th anniversary. In a final effort to save their society, the group ditches opera classics in favour of classic punk.

Open auditions will take place across the UK to find the best undiscovered amateur operatic talent in the country. To register interest hopefuls should email [email protected]

The show will feature tracks from the Glen Matlock inspired album ‘The Anarchy Arias’ which is due for release on 9 June.

Angela Thomas


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