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Major London show and new album!

3 November 2016

Early next year The Tiger Lillies will perform a headline concert on the main stage of The Roundhouse in Camden, London on Friday the 3rd February.

The show will launch the band's new album 'Cold Night in Soho', their first Tiger Lillies band album in over ten years (other recent recordings have all been tied to one of their many theatre shows). This will be the only band concert in London during 2017 and will premiere new songs from the album alongside some of their classic material. The album will also be available to buy at the show (signed by the band of course).

Ticket links can be found on the TOUR section of the site.

 

Greece - Madame Piaf is coming!

1 August 2016

On the 23rd, 24th and 25th August The Tiger Lillies return to one of their very favourite countries - Greece. The band will premiere their new concert show 'Madame Piaf' in Athens, Patra and Thessaloniki where they will play in beautiful, outdoor venues. Ticket links can be found on the TOUR section of the site - do join us!

Love For Sale on Cd available now

19 July 2016

Birds do it, bees do it — and here for your entertainment the Tiger Lillies do it, in 16 songs all written by Cole Porter and presented in the band’s particular and distinctive style.

The Tiger Lillies have releasded a cd of Love For Sale to accompany the show, its available now to buy in the SHOP and at the Soho Theatre during the run from 14-30 July.

 

LOVE FOR SALE - NEXT WEEK!

5 July 2016

The Tiger Lillies new show 'Love For Sale' has it's London premiere at Soho Theatre next week. A rare chance to see the band in an intimate setting the Opera North produced show breathes dastardly, new life in to Cole Porter classics. Ticket info can be found on the TOUR section of the site.

The Olivier Award-winning godfathers of alternative cabaret return to Soho Theatre.This July, Opera North Projects offers the chance for audiences to rediscover the music of Cole Porter, as cult cabaret trio The Tiger Lillies uncover the delight, despair and delirium that lies beneath the surface of Porter’s more romantic and mysterious works in Love for Sale.

Olivier Award-winning musicians Martyn Jacques and Adrian Stout – who make up The Tiger Lillies – return to Soho Theatre for another Opera North Projects commission. In typical Tiger Lillies style, this twisted and grimy cabaret will reimagine some of Porter’s best-loved classics including My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Love for Sale and Miss Otis Regrets as well as hits from his most famous musicals.

 

 

 

NEW ALBUM - LONDON THIS WEEKEND!

6 June 2016

To celebrate the launch of their new album MADAME PIAF The Tiger Lillies play two shows at the London Wonderground's beautiful Spiegeltent on the South Bank, 11th and 12th June.

This new suite of songs is inspired by the life of Edith Piaf and features fan favourite Another Glass of Wine and Public Sin - which you can see the brand new video for on youtube (directed by Andrey Kezzyn). The album also features several covers of Piaf's most famous songs and will be available in the online shop later this week. Come down to the London Wonderground shows and get a copy signed by the band (ticket links on the TOUR section of the site).

PIAF in Brighton!

18 May 2016

Following sell-out shows at the Brighton Dome The Tiger Lillies will return to one of their favourite cities for the Brighton Fringe where they will be performing three nights of their new PIAF concert in the beautiful Spiegeltent at the Old Steine Pleasure Gardens. The band will be beside the seaside for bank holiday weekend from the 29th - 31st May. Full details and ticket links are on the TOUR section of the site.

LOOK OUT LONDON!

12 April 2016

The Tiger Lillies are coming home to London this Summer with not one, but two new shows. 

The band will present the UK premiere of PIAF -  a brand new concert inspired by one of their greatest influences, the incomparable Edith Piaf. The Tiger Lillies have always been drawn towards the theatrical and this new concert is no exception. Featuring brand new music along with songs made famous by Piaf this promises to be a night to remember.‘Piaf was great, electric. She came from the gutter but is one of the best singers ever’ - Martyn Jacques.

You can see PIAF at the beautiful London Wonderground on the South Bank for two nights only on the 11th and 12th June.

The band will then make a return to one of their favourite venues in London, Soho Theatre, with 'Love for Sale'. Back at the venue for the first time in five years with a series of rare, intimate concerts. The show is produced by Opera North and offers the chance for audiences to rediscover the music of Cole Porter, as The Tiger Lillies uncover the delight, despair and delirium that lies beneath the surface of Porter’s more romantic and mysterious works.

In typical Tiger Lillies style, this twisted and grimy cabaret will reimagine some of Porter’s best-loved classics including My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Love for Sale and Miss Otis Regrets as well as hits from his most famous musicals.

Love for Sale runs at Soho Theatre from the 14th - 30th July.

Full info and booking links for both shows can be found on the TOUR section of the site.

 

DATES! DATES! DATES!

11 March 2016

The Tiger Lillies are coming to get you! Over at the TOUR section of the site a lot of new dates have been added, are the band playing down your street? 

After making their Colombian debut later this month with their hit version of Hamlet the band head back to Frankfurt to tell The Tale of Franz Biberkopf.

Following these theatre shows it's back to playing concerts as the band go on tour playing both brand new material and some of their most famous songs. the Tiger Lillies wil be appearing in Switzerland, Austria, Prague, Budapest, Slovenia and they will make their debut in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

And UK fans - you're next - keep your eyes peeled!

Hamlet in Perth

17 February 2016

Just a reminder for any fans down under that the band's Hamlet show opens at Perth International Festival today and runs until the 21st February.

Shakespeare’s most revered tragedy is plunged into a world of Weimar cabaret as celebrated cult band The Tiger Lillies present their ‘opera grotesque’ version of Hamlet.

A suite of new songs and a cast of actors, circus acts and giant puppets transform this iconic tragedy into a display of musical and visual fireworks. British musical trio, The Tiger Lillies, bring their punk cabaret style to Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and betrayal, murder and revenge. These post-modern jesters tell the story of the anguished prince Hamlet with their own macabre twist, punctuated by the hauntingly beautiful falsetto and dark, edgy songwriting of frontman Martyn Jacques.

After opening to wild acclaim in Denmark, and touring across Europe, The Tiger Lillies deliver Hamletin a spectacular blast of theatrical seduction, deception, death and dark humour.

 

 

Sydney Festival reviews!

12 January 2016

The band are currently performing a run of concerts at the Sydney Festival and the reviews have been great:

'they may be perverts, blasphemers and ponces, but I wouldn’t have them any other way. Long live the Lillies!' ★★★★½ - Limelight Magazine.

'Macabre, haunting and wickedly funny - breathtaking' - theatrenow

'Vulgar vaudeville with vim, vigour and perfectly modulated volume, I couldn’t have loved it more.' - Sydney Arts Guide

'The Tiger Lillies’ put on a grotesque and fantastic performance, drawing the audience in for a trip into another world'. - Australian Music Network.

The shows run until the 17th January, details can be found on the TOUR section of the site.

RUSSIA - here we come!

3 December 2015

The Tiger Lillies will be performing in two of their favourite cities, Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia on the 12th and 13th December. For these special shows the band present brand new material alongside some of their most well known songs! For ticket details please visist the TOUR section of the site.

Lulu - A Murder Ballad at The The Royal Opera House.

27 November 2015

The band have been enjoying a sold-out run if their show 'Lulu - A Murder Ballad' at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. Martyn appeared on ITV London news and the reviews have been great: 

"And this is where the Tiger Lillies succeed: they are carnival and cabaret, in the original senses of the words. Seedy. Underground. Turning the world on its head. Watching them perform, you have to enjoy the show on their terms, which are shamelessly dark, hideously witty and beautifully macabre. Combined with the tale of Lulu, this is a twisted ramble through nineteenth century Europe, with a soundtrack that you won’tshake off easily.”

 A Younger Theatre

 

“Providing a heady cocktail of Weimar cabaret and twisted Music Hall with a dash of Grand Guignol to spice things up, Martyn Jacques' trio are jaunty, post-punk nightcrawlers, renegade musicians who cleave to the after-dark melodrama of sex, death and the macabre.

[…] What marvels there are to be seen i. designer Martin Holthusen's graphics that transport us from Expressionist cinematic animations of Germany to Belle Epoque Paris, the fleshpots of Cairo and thence to smog-encumbered London.”

The Stage

 

“Brillianly theatrical and hugely entertaining […] It’s definitely not something that your maiden aunt would approve of – the sex and violence are rather graphically evoked – but the rest of us will be mesmerised. Berg brings tragic depth and musical complexity to Lulu; the Tiger Lillies give us the low-down dirty version. Guess which one is the more fun?”

**** The Telegraph

 

“In the realm of performance art The Tiger Lillies are the real deal […] Dancer Laura Caldow embodies Lulu throughout the evening via expressive interaction with director - designer Mark Holthusen's dazzling virtual sets. Computer visualisation doesn't get better than this: layer upon layer of projected environments shuffle and morph, and even the proscenium arch is a screen. One minute it's naturalistic, the next it hallucinates.

What's On Stage

 

 

 

New CD: The Story of Franz Biberkopf - out now

19 October 2015

The Story of Franz Biberkopf is available now on CD and for download.

A year on from their World War I concept album A Dream Turns Sour, which was very well received both in the UK and when the band toured overseas, The Tiger Lillies are back with a musical side-swipe at love, death, desire and corruption. The Story of Franz Biberkopf is released on 21 October 2015 and is enjoying a long stage-run in Frankfurt with the band performing the songs from the album every night there.

New theatre show 'The Tale of Franz Biberkopf' to open in Frankfurt.

1 September 2015

The Tiger Lillies are starring in a new theatre production 'The Tale of Franz Biberkopf' at The Schauspiel in Frankfurt, the largest theatre in the Rhine-Main region of Germany. This new show is a collaboration with the director Stephanie Mohr with whom the band worked with on a critically acclaimed version of 'Woyzevk' in 2011. For dates please check the TOUR section of the site. 

The Tale of Franz Biberkopf.

Alfred Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz is, next to James Joyce's Ulysses and Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos, among the most important city based novels of world literature. What is largely unknown is that Döblin used the title The tale of Franz Biberkopf for the radio adaptation of his masterpiece. It is the story of the ex-convict Franz Biberkopf, who has resolved to earn his money through honest work but ends up feeling humiliated and goes off the rails again. Even more clearly stylized in Alfred Döblin's novel is the way his is tested like Job; the struggle of the individual against the all-powerful Moloch city that through seduction and betrayal breaks its unequal opponents who must eventually bow down to it. 

Döblin's partly dark and often comedic, but always touching, cityscape panorama is made for the black humour and melancholy of the English band The Tiger Lillies. They are considered the 'fore fathers of Brechtian Punk Cabaret', combining circus elements with their British humour and thus creating their own unique sound. They have worked with director Stephanie Mohr for many years and together they brought the legendary version of Woyzeck to Vienna in 2011.