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3 August– 5 August

Opera Alegria

Rita & L’Heure Espagnole

Directed by Benjamin Newhouse-Smith

Music: Gaetano Donizetti / Maurice Ravel   |  Words: Lindsey Bramley

Written in the last days of his life, Donizetti’s Rita has been much revised over the years.  In this new production, Rita and her henpecked husband Beppe find themselves the owner/managers of a run-down bar in Benidorm. Life has settled down to a rhythm that Rita finds pleasing, but all of this is turned upside down by the arrival of a man whose knowledge of Rita’s past threatens her comfortable existence…

The Spanish Hour was composed by Ravel to please his father, who sadly passed away prior to its premiere. Concepción finds herself bored by her clockmaker husband and has thus arranged assignations with both Gonzalve, a poet, and Don Inigo, a town official.  Unfortunately, Ramiro – a particularly persistent, but surprisingly obliging, customer – throws a spanner into the works of her carefully composed afternoon.

Opera Alegría delights in creating new and modernised versions of little known one-act operas. This new double bill, centred on strong female characters, marks their third visit to the Grimeborn Opera Festival.


Live piano music by Lindsay Bramley, performed in English.


Naomi Kilby


Richard Belshaw
Christopher Faulkner
Alicia Gurney

L'Heure Espagnole

Ian Massa-Harris
Stuart McDermott
Matthew Duncan
Thorvald Blough


Gaetano Donizetti / Maurice Ravel


Lindsey Bramley


Benjamin Newhouse-Smith

Music Director

Lindsey Bramley


Christopher Killerby

Assistant Director

Daniel Gonzalez
Best £20
Standard £18
Value £15

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Concessions (apply to Standard and Value seats):
26 and under / Student - 20% off
Over 65s - 20% off
Unemployment Benefits - 20% off
Disabled - 20% off, or free companion ticket (call 020 7503 1646)
Theatre Union Members - 10% off
School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12, one free teacher per 10 students
Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes approximately (including interval).

Suitable for All ages

Press enquiries: Kevin Wilson — kevinwilsonpr@gmail.com

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020 7503 1646

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