Crime wave hits London touring companies

Crime wave hits London touring companies


norman lebrecht

June 06, 2018

Pop-Up Opera has suffered the loss of its technical equipment, as well as most of its props, when its van was burgled in Peckham, south London.

Pop-Up Opera, a non-funded company, is the third London company this year to be attacked.

Central School of Ballet had a similar incident in Farringdon and the Lord Chamberlain’s Men touring van in Lewisham.

Pop-up has raised a fundme page and is making sure the show goes on.

Its current production is a Mozart double bill: Der Schauspieldirektor & Bastien und Bastienne.



  • Olassus says:

    Breitbart, one is told, calls it Londonistan. Hopefully the photo is from a show, not the city’s streets.

    • Sue says:

      Not just “Breitbart” – a whole lot of media including, but not limited to, “Spiked Online”.

  • Dominic Stafford says:

    Three crimes in 6 months in a world capital is not a crime wave.

    But dogwhistle, whatever. You got your Breitbart reader already, I see. Perhaps the Russian Troll Farm will be along before long…

    • Allen says:

      “Three crimes in 6 months in a world capital is not a crime wave.”

      Quite right. Opera companies are the sole victims of crime in London. Nothing else going on. Nothing whatsoever.

      • Sue says:

        If you’re a sad bien pensant following orders from your group you can see why that comment was made in the first place. Oh, and not living there. You have to NOT live there before you can make such infantile comments.

        • Barry Guerrero says:

          Sue, what on earth are you saying?

        • Dominic Stafford says:

          I’ve lived in and around London my entire life.


          Thought not.

          It seems that your ignorance is not limited to The Road to Wigan Pier…

        • Dominic Stafford says:

          If Gatestone is your goto, then no wonder you spout such nonsense.

          Gatestone is not an Institute – it is not peopled with accredited academics or journalists. It’s so toxic, even Rebecca Mercer disowned it. It is constantly exposed for its flawed presentation of ‘evidence’ – particularly with relation to the article you posted. No-one possessed of any degree of critical reasoning could take their drivel seriously.

          You would do well to note that London are Oxford are nowhere near one another. And Oxford does not have a ‘rape gang culture’. Only in the heads of indoctrinated people who spend too much time in anti-Muslim Facebook groups.

          It seems you have little education. Unfortunately, this seems to be no bar to your voicing your vile bigotry under almost every post on this blog. Perhaps you would benefit from some time away from the Internet, reading (rather than pretending to have read) some quality books. You might then realise that the supine rantings of a mediocre, psychiatrically flawed, academic such as Jordan Peterson contribute little to a happy society. As an antidote, you might start with the excellent work of Dr. Adam Rutherford or Professor Ian McGilchrist.

          Let’s hope we all hear less from you on here in future.

  • buxtehude says:

    When a new opera company appears ex nihilo we’ll know who’s been doing this. Until then ROH, bar the doors!

  • Terence says:

    Two thefts (maybe three?) from vans. We’re they parked in the street?
    Secure parking may have seemed more expensive but would have been cheaper after all.

    • Mike Schachter says:

      The usual liberal position, it is always the victims’ fault and criminals need support.

    • Allen says:

      Yes, they should have used the secure car park behind the famous Peckham Opera House.

      Have you actually been to Peckham?

      • Dominic Stafford says:

        Actually, if you’d been to Peckham any time recently, you’d realise that it has a thriving arts and music scene.

        Theatre Peckham has new (and very lovely) premises and Mountview Academy has a new building opening next to the Public Library in September. Peckham does have secure car parks and there are further secure car parks, nearby. At a push, they could have asked Goldsmiths if they could park on campus.

        I sympathise with Pop-Up Opera; but their misfortune is not an opportunity to paint London as some kind of crime-ridden cultural wasteland. Ask, for example, a plummer or a builder, whose van is frequently laden with expensive tools, if they would park their van at night on a public street not just in London; but in any city in the world.

        I bet the answer would be a very firm no.