The Rinse Cycle

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Washing MachineWagner’s Ring, conditioned with comedy and shrunk to one evening.

The Rinse Cycle runs until 12 March 2016 at Charing Cross Theatre (underneath the arches at Charing Cross Station).

Performances at 7.30 pm Mon-Sat and at 2.30 on Wed & Sat.  

★★★ “A real treat only the most humourless of Wagnerians could fail to enjoy.” “The performances … are simply superb.”

★★★★★ “you’ll be enlightened by real music drama” “Hats off to Unexpected Opera for ending my week on a high!”

★★★★ “It’s a hugely enjoyable evening of fun leavened by the ‘best bits’ of Wagner… sending everyone in the audience of the Charing Cross Theatre home energised and with a smile on their face.”

★★★★ (3 theatre mice and 1 musical mouse!) “this fresh, funny and utterly original take on the Ring is a joyful celebration of Wagner’s great Gesamtkunstwerk. Definitely worth a spin.”

“key excerpts drawn together by a witty narrative …an upbeat, entertaining show featuring a fine ensemble cast”
The Stage

“Kelvin Lim is heroic at the piano, it’s a pleasure to hear Andrew Porter’s translation at such close quarters, and the quintet … treat his words with respect and care.”
The Times

An entertaining take on Wagner’s masterpiece, in a comic play with highlights sung in English by five superb performers. Expect magnificent music, great drama and Unexpected fun!  Curious about Wagner and his famous Ring Cycle? Reluctant to give up loads of time and dosh without knowing more? Here is your chance to experience this amazing work – without taking it too seriously.

The Rinse Cycle is 16 hours of music shrunk to only 2, and conditioned with comedy. We can’t promise it’ll be clean, but we’ll remove the cultural stains and encrusted stereotypes. Plus you’ll hear some of the Wagnerian stars of the future.

The script is written by Roger Mortimer, the director will be Lynn Binstock and Kelvin Lim will be the Musical Director.

Listen to some excerpts on BBC Radio 3’s InTune programme here.


 Ring cycle laundry cartoon

The cartoon is reproduced by kind permission of Pablo Helguera. A book of his cartoons about classical music is available to purchase here.