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An early Christmas gift from all of us at Longborough! This winter we will open the theatre for two socially distanced performances of a special production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, one of the best-loved operas of all time. Pagliacci tells the fatal story of a troupe of actors, whose performance is overtaken by real-life jealousy and revenge. 

Following rave reviews of their London debut, Opera Ensemble (“an exemplary project” - Sunday Times) bring their new production to our theatre. 

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, this 50-minute chamber staging features an all-star cast including Peter Auty, Elin Pritchard, Robert Hayward, Nicholas Lester and Aled Hall, led from the piano by Berrak Dyer.

This production will also be performed at the Grange Festival on 13 December.

“A pared-down Pagliacci that packs a punch”

The Stage ★★★★

Booking information

The health of our audience and artists is vital to us, and we will be following high standards of safety. As a result, our theatre’s capacity will be extremely limited.

General booking opens at 10am on Monday 23 November. Members can book ahead.

Tickets will be available online; or call Box Office on 01451 830292.

When booking online, tickets are limited to a maximum of four per performance. Please only book for those included in your own household or support bubble.

Please note that our theatre is not heated - be sure to wrap up warm.

“more visceral, raw, genuinely ‘operatic’ power than any of the other lockdown offerings I have attended in the UK”

Sunday Times

NHS Test and Trace

If required, we will share details of the lead booker with NHS Test and Trace.

E-tickets and Print at Home

Tickets will be sent to you by e-mail and can be shown on a smartphone or tablet. If you do not have access to either, please print the tickets and bring them with you. 

No pre-printed tickets will be sent out or available to collect from the Box Office. 


If a performance is cancelled for any reason, we will contact you and explain our refund options.

We will also arrange a refund if:

  • you’ve been instructed to self-isolate over the period of a booked performance;
  • you have symptoms of COVID-19, or a high temperature on the day of the performance. 

Safety information

Read about what we’re doing to keep you safe during your visit to Longborough.

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A troupe of travelling players arrive to present a comic show. One of their number, Tonio, welcomes us with a Prologue, in which he tells us that tonight’s performances will deal with real flesh-and-blood characters. He asks us to remember that every artist is just another human who breathes the same air as his audience.

The troupe is led by Canio, ‘the prince of comedians’. His wife and leading lady, Nedda, rejects the coarse advances of Tonio, a fellow actor. Tonio then spies on Nedda’s meeting with her lover, Silvio, with whom she plans to elope. In revenge, Tonio summons Canio. Silvio escapes, and Nedda refuses to reveal his identity, despite Canio’s threats.

It’s time to prepare for the evening show. Alone in his dressing room, Canio contemplates his fate: he must make people laugh even though his heart is breaking.

After an intermezzo, the curtain rises on the troop’s performance. Silvio is in the crowd, having arranged to meet Nedda later that night. The show is a classic piece of comedia dell’arte about marital infidelity, and for the disturbed (and inebriated) Canio, fiction becomes confused with reality. He breaks out of character and again demands to know the name of Nedda’s lover. Once again she defies him...