Orpheus in the Record Shop

13 October - 15 October 2022

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Orpheus is alone, playing tunes in his record shop. After an old friend visits, strange things start to happen and music, myth and reality collide. Together with Orpheus we go in search of something ancient, contemporary and hopeful.

Back by popular demand, acclaimed rapper and playwright Testament (Black Men Walking, The Beatboxer, WOKE) takes inspiration from the Greek myth of Orpheus, in a show that fuses spoken word and beatboxing with classical music, featuring members of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North. 

Part of Opera North’s Orpheus season, also featuring: a reimagining of Monteverdi’s Orpheus which brings together the worlds of Western baroque and Indian classical music, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and pop-up opera A Tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. 

“A virtuoso display of wry humour and freewheeling musical invention.”
★★★★  – The Times

“It sends shivers down the spine.”
★★★★  – The Telegraph 

A Leeds Playhouse and Opera North co-production.

From £14

Running time
Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

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Orpheus in the Record Shop

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