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Madame X

by Tim Benjamin

Directed by Tim Benjamin

…we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…

Masetto and Zerlina – a young immigrant couple – are impoverished, cold, and starving. Masetto, a brilliant portrait artist, is being ripped off by his unscrupulous agent, and circling art collectors will not take “no” for an answer.

Shivering in a shabby loft, struggling to make ends meet, and exploited by the wealthy and powerful collectors Lady Brannoch and Mr Wilmore, Masetto lives for his art, protected only by his muse and love, Zerlina. Their plight becomes increasingly perilous, desperate, and deadly, until at last: revenge.

Madame X is a new opera by Tim Benjamin, inspired by the Italian operas of Handel and by Jacobean revenge drama. This dark, passionate and obsessive tale is peppered with black humour and explores the potent combination of money and power in the world of art.

See the trailer for Madame X [here](

Monday – Wednesday at 7.30pm – £15 (£12 concessions)

Recommended for ages 14+

Running time is approximately 1hr 50mins not including an interval


Masetto — Tom Morss
Zerlina — Laura Sheerin
Botney — Jon Stainsby
Lady Brannoch — Taylor Wilson
Mr Wilmore — Marc Callahan
Rebecca Moon
Sophie Dicks
Edwin Pitt Mansfield
Owain Browne


Tim Benjamin


Tim Benjamin

Musical Director

Antony Brannick


Lara Booth
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24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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