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The Great Stink

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A hilarious, fun-filled 45 min family show about The Great Stink of 1858. Join singers, musicians and puppets in Victorian London and learn all about water pollution and how to positively contribute to our local environment.

The Great Stink opens in London, 1858, during the hottest, and busiest summer on record. As the city is struck with widespread illness, Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria, the children of London, and the Thames himself, wonder why everyone is so unwell. Could it be the smell? Or it is the dirty water?

Perhaps Joseph Bazelgette has the answer… bigger sewers, to flow the sewage out of town! As Bazelgette’s new pumping station is opened and the future looks bright for London, Theresa Bazelgette wonders how the impact of their actions will affect future generations?

Written by Hannah Khalil and composed by Omar Shahryar, The Great Stink is the second in English Touring Opera’s series of operas about climate change and the environment, exploring how we can look after our local environment and waterways. Ideal for children aged 7-11.

Important information

Ticket prices: £8 - £10

Running time: 45 minutes with no interval

Age recommendation: Created for children aged 7-11 years (Key Stage Two)

Friends – 5% off
Ambassadors, Supporters, Best Friends and Gold Friends – 10% off



Stage Two

Eat & Drink

Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce. Enjoy the best in food and drink  at our restaurant Prelude or a quick delicious bite before the show.

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