Pimlico Opera in Prison

Audience reactions

Audiences at HMP Bronzefield were blown away by Hairspray



The prison project continues to thrive thanks to the generosity of trusts and individuals.

We receive no public subsidy and are reliant wholly on donations.

Supporters receive priority booking from November.

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How it works

The project runs full- time from Jan – Mar 2020. The end result is a truly excellent piece of musical theatre performed before a paying public by a cast largely made up of prisoners – who are at the very heart of all aspects of the project. Male roles will be played by professional actors – to set the bar high. Since 1991 the project has taken more than 60,000 public into prison and more than 1,000 prisoners have participated. Five weeks of intensive rehearsal – all day, every weekday – can be challenging: most prisoners have never been to the theatre, some cannot read, for some English is a second language.

Project history

The project was started by Wasfi Kani OBE in 1987 and has since taken more than 60,000 members of the public into prison; worked with more than 1,000 prisoners and enabled over 10,000 prisoners to see a show.

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30 years in prison . . .

“Just to say thank you. I am out now. I took part in Erlestoke Les Miserables as the leader of the revolution Enjoras. As a lifer you gave me hope and acceptance. Thank you”.  – Garry

The problem with prison:

  • UK Prison population = 83,665.
  • 45% of adults are re-convicted within a year of release but 97% express a desire to stop offending.
  • 25% of people in prison have been in care.