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A fusion of comic opera and fresh new writing

Following Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at last year’s Grimeborn, irrational theatre return with an innovative and quirky fusion of comic opera and new writing.

A wedding proposal seems to be getting hindered by the constant interruption of phonecalls in The Telephone (L’amour a Trois) by Gian Carlo Menotti. In Sullivan’s Cox and Box, two men unknowingly share the same room until they discover their landlord’s trick. The two operas are matched with a new comic play, Cycle, about a neighbourly dispute over a bicycle.

A real treat for opera and new writing lovers, these three little gems make for a playful and fun-filled evening at the festival.

Smashes opera's cosy convention and does it with a laugh too
—London Theatre Bubble
Sublime singing, performed with gusto.
—Herts Advertiser


Sebastian Charlesworth
Katy Bingham Best
Samatha Green
Sebastian Charlesworth
Joseph O'Gorman
Roger Mullis
Joseph O'Gorman
Samantha Green
Katy Bingham Best
Kieran Cummins


Arthur Sullivan, Gian-Carlo Menotti


F C Burnand, G.C Menotti, J Norland


F C Burnand/ G.C Menotti / J Norland


Paula Chitty


Arthur Sullivan / Gian-Carlo Menotti

Direction and Design

Paula Chitty

Musical Director

Peter Jones

Production Electrician

Kate Reynolds


Odette Cotton

A production by irrational theatre.


Standard £17
Concession £14

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.

Thursday - Saturday 8pm
No matinee performances

Live and recorded music, performed in English

Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: 130 minutes approximately (including interval).

Suitable for 7+