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A Joke Before the Gallows. Pianist Adam Sherkin looking up, backlit with red light

A Joke Before the Gallows

A musical story brimming with dark humour

A Tapestry Opera and The Piano Lunaire co-production | Performed by Adam Sherkin | Directed by Tom Diamond | Libretto by David James Brock

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A musical story brimming with dark humour, A Joke Before the Gallows celebrates the dramatic music of Chopin

Polish composer Chopin is much celebrated for his iconic writing for piano. His bold, dramatic scherzos are in opposition to their translation: ‘scherzo’ means joke!

Join internationally acclaimed concert pianist Adam Sherkin performing Chopin’s four masterpiece scherzi alongside vivid monologues written by David James Brock, in this blackly funny, thought-provoking performance directed by Tom Diamond.


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Experience a flavour of A Joke Before the Gallows by listening to Scherzo in B minor by Frédéric Chopin, performed Adam Sherkin.

This Spotify playlist traces the impressive discography of pianists down through generations who have come to record Chopin’s scherzi. The composer’s bold, dramatic pieces are in opposition to the translation of their titles: “scherzo” means “joke!”


A Joke Before the Gallows is a Tapestry Opera and The Piano Lunaire co-production
Photography by Evan Bergstra

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