THE TIGER LILLIES (UK) 07.12

On the second evening of the festival, the Courtyard of the Palace will look extraordinary, extravagant, and expressive – these feelings the members of the British band “The Tiger Lillies” will present to the listeners. The band will present a theatrical gourmet evening full of secrets and surprises with their unique humor called “One Penny Opera”.

The godfathers of alternative cabaret, winners of the prestigious “Olivier” Theater Awards, return to Vilnius with a unique programme, not yet shown in Lithuania, based on a reinterpreted classic. Based on impressive works – John Gay’s “Beggar’s Opera” from the 18th century and the opera “The Threepenny Opera” from the 20th century by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weil – the band presents a unique version of these hilarious stories.

The sound of this group cannot be confused with anything else. Neither can their look. The macabre yet comical faces of clowns, cauldrons, and nostalgic clothing are the trademark of the British trio. Martin Jacques, Adrian Stout, and John Golland, known for their performances, are often described as “dark cabaret artists”. The surreal lyrics, the “dirty” and “unexplored” heroes of their songs, and the unexpected musical turns during the performances take the audience into a completely different world – sarcastic, ironic, but at the same time black. The story of this summer in Lithuania, presented as a song cycle, is teeming with muggers, thieves, prison guards, and pimps, as well as the greed, crime, poverty, and inequality that accompanies humanity. The story reveals a funny world full of cruel comedy.

“The Tiger Lillies” world is dark, distinctive, and diverse, with moments of deep sadness, notes of brutal black humor, and intense beauty. Their songs deal with all the dark sides of life, from prostitution and drug addiction to violence and despair. Their music is a mixture of pre-war Berlin cabaret, anarchic opera, and nomadic music, inspired by the music of Bertolt Brecht and Jacques Brell. “The Tiger Lillies” shock and entertain with their unique show, where no pre-set rules or regulations apply. And all the stories, peppered with harmonica howls, bass drones, and musical saw-whistles, become something different, something extraordinary that sticks in the memory.

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