The pub’s theatre company performs its rendition of La Boheme nightly for ticket holders who watch it in the venue upstairs, but regular pub goers also get a glimpse when the second act descends to the main bar.
Actors mingle with the regulars and, according to this Reuters article, even perform a brief pole dancing act.
“I trained as an opera singer in Australia before I became an opera director and it was always annoying to me how many barriers there are for people like the people who you see here,” Adam Spreadbury-Maher, the theatre’s artistic director, told Reuters.
“So I figured when I finally get my own theatre, which happened 10 months ago, we need to put some opera on but do it in a way so people can actually sit down, enjoy it, have a pint and actually understand what’s being said — no surtitles — and I hope that’s what we’ve done here tonight.”
“They love it,” added one regular.