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It’s supposed to be the happiest day of Figaro and Susanna’s lives but will their wedding even go ahead? Count Almaviva is determined to seduce Susanna, but will his wife find out? Will Figaro be able to outwit his master, for the honour of his bride? And where does young Cherubino fit into it all? In this captivating tale of love, loyalty and mistaken identities, the quick-witted barber navigates the twists and turns of 18th century social intricacies with charm and humour, and clever schemes which will keep you guessing until the final note.

WNO’s period-set production with elegant sets and opulent costumes has all the ingredients of a classic opera. So, join us as we step into the world of The Marriage of Figaro where love and laughter converge in a whirlwind of clever schemes and Mozart’s melodic brilliance.

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Conductor Kerem Hasan
Director Tobias Richter
Revival Director Max Hoehn

Price

Tickets from £28

Prices and discounts subject to change

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes including an interval

Where?

Main Stage

Performances

Performances

Mon 5 May — Sun 11 May
  • Thu
    8 May
    7:00pm
    From: £28
    Audio Described

    Audio Described

    If you are blind or partially sighted, listen to a live description of all the action with a discreet headset at this performance.

Discounts & Concessions

CONCESSIONS

WNO MULTI-BUY PACKAGE

Book tickets to see The Marriage of Figaro and Peter Grimes and save 10% when booking both operas. Tickets must be purchased at the same time and are available on full price tickets in price bands A – C only.

UNDER 16s

£10 tickets when accompanied by a full paying adult, price bands A-D
Offer not available online, please call 0844 338 5000† to book

OVER 65s

£3 off price band A, £4 off price bands B-D
Limited availability

GROUPS

Price bands A – D
8+ tickets – Save £3 per ticket
16+ tickets – Save £4 per ticket
24+ tickets – Save £5 per ticket plus 1 FREE ticket

Call our dedicated Group Sales Team on 0844 338 7000 or
email groupsales@birminghamhippodrome.com for more information and to book now!

CLICK HERE for further information on Group Bookings

EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENTS (Under 18)

Parties of 10 or more pay £18 per ticket plus 1 FREE ticket for teacher/supervising adult for every 10 booked (2 free tickets for SEN bookings), Price bands C-E.

For school bookings, please call Group Sales on 0844 338 7000* for more information and to book now!

UNWAGED, STUDENT, PASSPORT TO LEISURE AND POSTCODE STANDBY

24 hours prior to a performance, best available seats for the lowest price, maximum 2 per booker, subject to availability

CLICK HERE for further information on our Standby Rate and our On the Day Postcode Scheme for Birmingham residents living in B6, B9, B10, B11 and B21

CONCESSIONS FOR PATRONS WITH DISABILITIES

£5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
2-for-1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
CLICK HERE for more information on our Access Performances

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Discounts and Concessions are offered subject to availability at the discretion of the Information and Sales Manager. Top three price bands only, unless otherwise stated. Restrictions may apply. Only one discount per ticket may apply, unless otherwise stated. Offers are non retrospective and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid ID must be presented where applicable

Food & Drink

The Circle Lounge

Our newly refurbished, stylish space is the perfect place for pre-show dining. Join us for Afternoon Tea or in the evening for a menu of sharing platters, small plates and sweet treats all inspired by the Mediterranean.

The Proscenium Lounge

Add some VIP sparkle to your Hippodrome experience with a Diamond or Champagne package in our luxurious lounge.

The Coffee Bar

Our Coffee Bar is open before the show and during the interval for hot and cold drinks, snacks or a quick and tasty bite to eat.

The Kiosks

You’ll find kiosks in the foyers selling a range of confectionery, Marshfield ice creams (which can also be pre-ordered) and chilled soft drinks as well as the current show programme.

Accessible Performances

We strive to provide access for all

For dates of audio-described, captioned or British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performances, please see below. These vary from show to show.

If you would like to book for any accessible performance, please make sure you are signed up to our access registration scheme here. Once registered, you will be able to book seats online, see only relevant seats and information based on your needs – plus choose any relevant discounts. If you would prefer not to book online, you can speak to our friendly access advisors on 0121 689 1060.

  • Audio Described: Thu 8 May, 7pm
  • Touch Tour: Thu 8 May, 5.30pm. Touch Tours give visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes. Tours must be booked in advance through Ticket Sales.

Concessions for patrons with disabilities

£5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
Limited availability.

Further information

Information about our access registration scheme here
About our accessible performances here
About our accessible facilities here

Synopsis

Act I

It is the wedding day of Susanna and Figaro, servants to the Count and Countess Almaviva. Concerned the Count will revive the tradition of droit de seigneur, allowing a Lord to sleep with a bride, Figaro vows to scupper his master. Doctor Bartolo and his old housekeeper Marcellina discuss a loan contract which states that Figaro must repay what he owes, or marry her. Cherubino, the page, declares his love for all the women in the house – particularly the Countess. Figaro cunningly gets the household to sing the praises of their master for renouncing his claim on Susanna and asks the Count to bless their marriage. The Count delays and orders Cherubino to join the army.

Act II

Figaro, Susanna and the Countess plot to stop the Count’s plans and expose his infidelity with an anonymous letter claiming the Countess has a lover. At the same time sending Cherubino dressed as Susanna to meet the Count, enabling the Countess to catch him red-handed. Cherubino has to hide as the Count interrupts their planning. While Figaro tries to smooth things over, Marcellina demands he marry her as payment for his debt.

INTERVAL

Act III

The Countess gets Susanna to arrange to meet the Count. But the Count overhears Figaro and Susanna plotting and vows revenge. Under pressure from Marcellina’s lawyer, Don Curzio, Figaro claims he needs parental consent to marry and his parents are unknown. Marcellina spots a birthmark on his arm and realises he is her long-lost son, and reveals that Bartolo is his father. In celebration Marcellina and Bartolo agree to marry and a double wedding takes place.

Act IV

Marcellina and Figaro help Barbarina look for the lost pin that confirms the Count’s tryst with Susanna. Figaro thinks Susanna has been unfaithful and swears vengeance. Further confusion arises as the Countess and Susanna appear, wearing each other’s clothes – Figaro hides. Both Cherubino and then the Count try to seduce ‘Susanna’. Figaro pretends to woo ‘the Countess’, infuriating Susanna until he admits he knew it was her. Continuing the ruse, Figaro declares his love for ‘the Countess’. The Count declares everyone witness to her infidelity. She reveals herself, making the Count beg for forgiveness. The long-awaited celebrations ensue.

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