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Porgy & Bess

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‘Summertime / And the livin’ is easy…..’

Porgy and Bess contains some of the most iconic music of the twentieth century, but there is much more to this work than easy livin’ and cotton growing high.

The composer George Gershwin sought to do justice to African American music in this maverick creation, but over the years, controversy and accusations of racial stereotyping have dogged his ‘folk opera’.

For their latest outing to Grimeborn, Basement Orchestra confront Gershwin’s masterpiece, telling the story with key details and extracts, performed with live singers and dazzling musicianship.


Talia Cohen
Masimba Ushe


George Gershwin


Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward


Guy Jones

Music Direction

Guy Jones

A production by Polly Gannaway.


Standard £17
Concession £14
Restricted £12

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.

Saturday - Sunday at 7.30pm
No matinee performances

Live music, performed in English
Please note that Porgy & Bess is an orchestral recital, not a full staging.

Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: tbc minutes approximately .