Pimlico Opera was founded in 1987 by Wasfi Kani OBE and is one of the leading small scale touring companies. There are two strands to its work: an autumn tour and an annual prison project. Pimlico Opera spends 6 weeks a year working inside Her Majesty’s Prisons culminating in public performances in which inmates share the stage with professionals. The first was Sweeney Todd with Wormwood Scrubs inmates serving life sentences (described by The Times as the coup de theatre of 1991) then West Side Story in HMP Wandsworth and the third, Guys & Dolls was the subject of a BBC documentary. Besides the obvious educational and rehabilitative opportunities for prisoners, these annual events have become a focus for how prisons might better serve society and help prisoners to become good and useful members of the community. The company has taken more than 25,000 public into prison to witness these remarkable events and during the last decade has worked with close to one thousand prisoners.