Pimlico Opera in Prison
Fri 7 March – Sat 14 March 2020
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.
How it works
We always deliver 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.
Certain roles are played by professional actors – to set the bar high. Five weeks of intensive rehearsal help prepare the prisoners for a run of public performances.
Prison staff bind together the rehearsal process with prison life: legal and family visits, unexpected lock-downs, court hearings and so on.
It is an immense challenge which will ultimately change the prisoners, the public audience and the prison itself.
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.