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16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017
Ruggero Leoncavallo's shot of pure operatic adrenaline
Part of The Little Greats
In the thrilling curtain-raiser to the season, Leoncavallo carves a ‘bleeding slice of life’ out of the tale of a touring theatre troupe preparing for a show. Canio is eaten up with jealous suspicion of his wife, the leading lady. When he learns the truth of her faithlessness, the performance of the play is derailed by real life passion spun out of control, and the stage becomes the scene of a violent reckoning. Pagliacci is an operatic rollercoaster, hurtling towards a bloody climax that unfolds in front of the shocked on-stage audience.
Strap in tight and get ready to career from laughter to horrified awe as comedy and tragedy collide amidst scintillating melodies. Pagliacci includes some of the most famous music ever written for Italian opera, including the heartbroken Canio’s ‘show must go on’ aria ‘Vesti la giubba’ and Tonio’s Prologue.
Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
Sung in Italian with English titles
|Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges||Sat 16 Sep||Leeds|
|Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges||Sat 23 Sep||Leeds||Pre-perf Talk|
|Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana||Sat 30 Sep||Leeds|
|Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana||Thu 12 Oct||Leeds||Pre-perf Talk|
|Pagliacci / Osud||Wed 18 Oct||Leeds||Pre-perf Talk|
|Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana||Sat 21 Oct||Leeds||Pre-perf Talk|
|Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana||From Thu 26 Oct||On tour||Fixed double bill|
It all works remarkably well...Peter Auty plays Canio with focussed, obsessive intensity...Pritchard is a feisty lady and sings Nedda with beauty as well as conviction.
The Arts Desk - Full Review ›
Ingenious...utterly compelling...It is wonderfully conducted by Tobias Ringborg, too.
The Guardian - Full Review ›
...a terrific idea... Both productions make their own intrinsic statements, and there is much to enjoy.
The Telegraph - Full Review ›
46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre
Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)
Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!
We have teamed uo with Issho to complete your evening with this Little Greats taster menu, featuring a selection of expertly prepared Japanese dishes, exclusively available for Little Greats ticket holders. Minimum 2 persons, £25 per guest. All dishes will be served in order. Includes a glass of wine or prosecco.
Ham & Friends
Ticket holders for Opera North and Howard Assembly Room performances get 10% off food on presentation of ticket or access to an exclusive pre-theatre menu at Ham & Friends, a recently opened kitchen and wine bar in the Grand Arcade, just around the corner from Leeds Grand Theatre. Ticket holders also receive a free glass of prosecco on spending £15 per head.
Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays.
Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required.
Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre.
Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm.
Veritas Ale & Wine Bar
Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.
Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.
Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.
Box Office: 0115 989 5555
Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal.
Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham
The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.
Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares.
Discover exciting pre-theatre dining options for Nottingham Theatre Royal.
100 Grey Street
Box office: 08448 112121
Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.
The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.
There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.
Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.
Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.
The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.
Box office: 0843 208 6000
There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level.
The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/
From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.
Tonio, an actor, addresses the audience, reminding them that actors too live real lives and have real emotions.
3pm. A troupe of players arrive. Canio, their leader, describes the evening’s play to the people. They tease him about the potential infidelity of his wife, Nedda, and he jealously warns everyone that he will not tolerate other men making advances towards her. Later, Tonio finds Nedda and confesses his love, but she mocks and rejects him. Silvio, Nedda’s real lover, enters and persuades her to elope with him after the performance that evening. Tonio overhears, and in revenge, goes to inform Canio of the plan. Canio returns and sees his wife’s lover escaping, but is unable to uncover his identity. Heartbroken, Canio gets ready for the performance and puts on his costume, because ‘the show must go on’.
That evening. The play begins, and the actors each take up their characters, which all mimic their real-life situations. During the performance, Canio loses control and, stepping out of character, demands to know the name of his wife’s lover. The play’s audience are impressed by his committed performance, but as things progress, realise that he is no longer acting. He grabs a knife and stabs Nedda, who cries out for her lover as she dies. Silvio rushes forward, thus revealing his identity, and is also killed. The audience is horrified as Tonio closes the play with the final line: ‘The comedy is finished’.