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OperaUpClose on tour

In addition to being resident at the King's Head Theatre, OperaUpClose can been seen at venues across the UK touring acclaimed productions of La Bohème, The Barber of Seville (or Salisbury), Tosca and L'Elisir d'Amore.


Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
10 June

Ravenna Festival, Italy
19, 20, 21 June
(Dinner included)

by Puccini, in a new version by Robin Norton-Hale

The Olivier Award-winning version of Puccini’s much-loved weepie is a favourite with critics and audiences alike. One of the most accessible and moving operas ever written, at the heart of Puccini’s La Boheme is the human drama of aspiring novelist Rodolfo, who falls for an immigrant cleaner, while his friends struggle to grow up and make ends meet.

WINNER OF THE 2011 LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARD "Best New Opera Production" 
WINNER OF THE 2011 Whatsonstage.com AWARD "Best Off West-End Production"
 The Times,  Guardian,  Evening Standard,  Metro,
 Sunday Express,  Daily Express
CRITICS' CHOICE: The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent on Sunday
Madly brilliant... an updated, zingy translation... a fresh rediscovery."  THE TIMES
"This is Puccini without a safety net and it works." EVENING STANDARD
"Opera with the gloves off."  WHATSONSTAGE
"As pub theatre this is surely the best ever."  DAILY EXPRESS
"Has audiences mesmerised... a huge artistic success." NEW YORK TIMES

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Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud Arts Festival
26 April

Theatre Royal, Margate
17 May

Theatre Royal, Winchester
30 September, 1 October

La Traviata will be at Soho Theatre in London this summer
5 August - 14 September
Tickets on sale now

by Verdi, in a new English version by Robin Norton-Hale

Olivier Award-winning company OperaUpClose present their new version of La Traviata. The story of Violetta, a so-called ‘fallen woman’ who sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her lover’s family and future, La Traviata has been thrilling audiences for generations.

Set in the prohibition era of speakeasies and bootlegging, with Violetta’s lover Alfredo a passionate young man whose optimism has been shaken by time at the front in the first world war, Violetta’s protector ‘the Baron’ a gang boss, and Alfredo’s father a crooked politician, this new production reveals the hypocrisy and heartache behind the glittering façade of parties.

La Traviata is a co-production with OperaUpClose, Malmo Opera House

and The Belgrade Theatre Coventry.

"it is its musical values which raise this production to a higher level than most. Music director and pianist Elspeth Wilkes has coordinated the ensemble superbly with well-blended singers who don’t overpower in the intimate space, and Harry Blake’s clever score reduction for piano, clarinet and cello… is sensitively and idiomatically rendered... a compelling experience”


arguably OperaUpClose’s most intimate production yet… Director Robin Norton-Hale handles opera with an intelligent yet gentle honesty…rough and ready – played beautifully here on clarinet, cello and piano”


“The trio distills the lines of Verdi's thought with beautiful clarity; as something to compare to a fully orchestrated version, it is a fascinating and illuminating listen... Norton-Hale has created a smooth, dynamic production which uses the small space to the fullest... this highly charged, wonderfully raw, intimate show”



Theatre Royal, Winchester
12 & 13 June

Ravenna Festival, Italy
15, 16, 17 June
(Dinner included)

by Donizetti in a new English version conceived by Valentina Ceschi
with a libretto by Thomas Eccleshare
and a new orchestration by John Gibbons.

Adina is the hottest star in Hollywood – and Nemorino adores her. When an ambitious army officer makes a very public proposal to Adina, Nemorino is in despair, until Dulcamara, the smooth-talking stylist, comes to his rescue with a remedy which he promises will win Adina once and for all.

Donizetti’s warm-hearted opera fizzes with wit, great tunes and a keen-eyed dissection of the way love can confound even the cleverest of us.

"a little gem... director Valentina Ceschi and translator Thomas Eccleshare have splendidly gone to town reinventing the libretto... the whole thing fizzes from start to finish as a piece of unpretentious fun."


"crammed full of clever comic details and fizzes with vitality... a splendid small-scale production whose only real disappointment is how few people will get to see it - a real treat"


"OperaUpClose is the brand leader... these are proper voices, and the singers can act. Making comic opera funny? It's a handy trick."


 "this sumptuous rendition of Donizetti's opera is a joy to behold... Confidently glamorous, effortlessly stylish and expertly delivered, this production is a potent potion."


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Please check back again soon for upcoming dates!

by Puccini in a new English version by Adam Spreadbury-Maher
and a new orchestration by Danyal Dhondy

Tosca is sensual, powerful, and vulnerable. Living in the shadow of the Berlin wall, she is the toast of the GDR elite, until her lover Cavaradossi helps a political prisoner escape, putting Tosca at the mercy of Stasi chief Scarpia.

"A combination of excellent acting, determined sensuality and some extremely talented singing in what is a boldly reset production"
"A small but effective band of piano , cello and clarinet brings just a touch of Weill cabaret to proceedings, appropriate given the context.....Only four singers actually appear in ( Adam Spreadbury-Maher's) cleverly compressed libretto"  
Critics Choice, THE TIMES
"An enjoyable and, at times gripping production...visceral stuff!"
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by Rossini, in a new version by Robin Norton-Hale

Rossini's classic comedy has been transported to Jane Austen’s England, a world of rich, eligible bachelors, feisty heroines and snobbish relations familiar from much-loved BBC costume dramas. Obsequious Doctor Bartleby has designs on his ward Rosina, but she is far more interested in the attentions of a handsome stranger (actually a womanising Count in disguise). The whole affair is stage-managed by Figaro, the barber who knows everyone’s business and can fix your hair and love life with ease.

"Plucky and purposeful... a farcical romp." THE GUARDIAN
"Norton-Hale's translation skids between centuries, raising a metaphorical little finger one moment, and its middle finger the next... Cosy, goofy fun." THE INDEPENDENT
"Norton-Hale’s staging is excellently judged with a priceless sense for the ridiculous. The opera’s finale is tightly directed and fizzes with a tangible energy... Uproariously funny, thanks partly to Norton-Hale’s irreverent new libretto."   THE PUBLIC REVIEWS
"Witty and fluent." WHATSONSTAGE.COM
"Fun, fun, fun... you're guaranteed a good time." BROADWAYWORLD.COM
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If you'd like OperaUpClose to perform at your venue, please contact our Touring Producer, Ellie Stone via ellie.stone@kingsheadtheatre.com or call us on 020 7226 8561