Mozart and Kim Kardashian team up in Buxton

Steve Orme

Pioneering contemporary music theatre company Leoe and Hyde will take to Buxton Fringe its “most ambitious project”: an adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro loosely based on Kim Kardashian’s infamous marriage to Kris Humphries.

Kardashian’s 2011 marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries is one of three collapsing marriages at the centre of a rewrite of Mozart’s comic opera and called The Marriage of Kim K.

The satirical work is a “romp through Mozart's masterpiece combining pop, electronic and classical music into a musical for every audience from discerning opera-goers to reality TV devotees, and carrying with it a heartfelt reminder of the power of love in a time of division”.

Leoe and Hyde “seek to create and perform music theatre which is strictly contemporary, integrating dramatic and technical innovation within both established and experimental narrative forms”.

Leo Mercer and Stephen Hyde met at Oxford University. After working independently on a number of theatrical productions, they joined forces and found that they shared an ambition to create theatre that meshes contemporary music with dramatic art.

Featuring music from genre-transcending string quartet Echo Chamber, The Marriage of Kim K plays Underground in the Arts Centre Studio, Buxton on Thursday 13 and Tuesday 18 July at 9:30PM.