The Merry Widow

Dates
15 March 2024, 7:00pm

Venue
Britten Theatre

Tickets
£60, £40, £20; £10 under 35

To access discounted under-35s tickets, please select your seat and on the following page select the Under 35 ticket type. Please ensure that you have also inputted your date of birth in your online account. You may be asked to show proof of age eligibility when you attend your booked performance. The discount applies to the cheapest price band only and will be applied at checkout. Full terms and conditions are available here.

The Merry Widow text against an orange/gold background with a woman's hand holding a fan

15 March 2024, 7:00pm

Venue
Britten Theatre

Tickets
£60, £40, £20; £10 under 35

To access discounted under-35s tickets, please select your seat and on the following page select the Under 35 ticket type. Please ensure that you have also inputted your date of birth in your online account. You may be asked to show proof of age eligibility when you attend your booked performance. The discount applies to the cheapest price band only and will be applied at checkout. Full terms and conditions are available here.

Michael Rosewell conductor
Liam Steel director
Neil Irish designer
Kevin Treacy lighting designer

Lehár The Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe)

Be transported to glistening, extravagant 1920s Paris with Franz Lehár’s most celebrated operetta, performed by talented singers of the RCM Opera Studio.

Hanna Glawari is a vastly wealthy young widow from the small and poverty-stricken Balkan province of Pontevedro. Ambassador Baron Zeta is anxious that when Hanna re-marries, it is to a Pontevedrian and not a Frenchman, to keep her money in the country and save them all from ruin. At the Embassy ball of her homeland, she encounters her ex, Count Danilo, who the baron thinks is the obvious choice for her to marry. However, Danilo has an appetite for wine and women, and Hanna will not contemplate marrying him until he finally professes his love for her.

Misunderstandings and comedic misadventure abound when it transpires that the Baron’s wife, Valencienne, is having an affair with the Count de Rosillon, and Hanna jumps in to save the married lady’s reputation. What follows is a comic tale of romantic intrigue, full of memorable melodies and played out against a backdrop of champagne fuelled parties, and the decadent Parisian nightclub – Chez Maxims.

Franz Lehár's uplifting operetta was a roaring success after its premiere in 1905, with the instantly recognisable Vilja Song and Merry Widow Waltz becoming staples of the opera canon.

Please note that this production contains some mild adult themes and scenes of smoking. Parental discretion is advised for children. The performance will also use haze.

Libretto by Viktor Léon & Leo Stein
Music by Franz Lehár
This production will be sung in German, with English dialogue translation by Jeremy Sams
English translation used by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

Supported by The Patrick & Helena Frost Foundation and The Vivien and Peter Beckwith Young Musicians Trust

Approximate running times:

Act 1 - 45 mins
Interval - 20 mins
Act 2 - 50 mins
Act 3 - 20 mins
Total running time with interval - approx 2 hours 15 mins

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