Music, mayhem at the Theatre

Pluck members trained as classical musicians — until something went terribly, hilariously wrong.

“Musical Arson!” comes to the stage of the Theatre at Washington on Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. Pluck, a trio of musicians who “compete, ridicule, argue and seduce their way through Bach to Beatles,” brings the award-winning show to Washington that day.

Pluck combines musicianship with comedy and has played to audiences in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and Asia. The group formed in 2002 and “Musical Arson!” won the Tap Water cabaret award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2003. Pluck won the Spirit of the Fringe Award at Edinburgh the following year.

The Edinburgh Scotsman calls Pluck “gloriously funny.” “Classical music for all shoe sizes,” says Britain’s Sunday Times; and Time Out, the London entertainment magazine, refers to the trio’s “mix of sweet music and complete mayhem.”

Pluck’s members all trained as classical musicians: Flora Allison, cello/voice, graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music in 2006; Kit Massey, violin, attended Trinity College of Music in London; Jon Regan, viola, studied music at Exeter University and conducting at Trinity College of Music.

Tickets for the performance at the Theatre on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14 are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 17 and younger. For reservations, call 540-675-1253 or send e-mail to The show is already heavily subscribed and reservations are recommended although some seats will be available at the box office on the afternoon of the performance.

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