Arcola Theatre and Bury Court Opera

Pelléas et Mélisande


Directed by: Aylin Bozok

This tragic story of love and jealousy between Golaud, his wife Mélisande and his younger half brother Pelléas starts when Golaud finds Mélisande crying by a well in the forest. Golaud decides to marry Mélisande and bring her with him to the castle of his grandfather Arkel. Pelléas and Mélisande fall in love but do not confess it to each other until it is too late. Pelléas dies by the sword and Mélisande by the psychological and incurable wound to her soul, both caused by Golaud, a human being trying to reach for his avid desire of possessing love.

Pelléas and Mélisande will transfer to Bury Court Opera for a one night performance on Wednesday 18 September at 7:15pm. [More information](


Opera returns to Arcola Theatre with an expanded Grimeborn Festival, once again featuring a mix of new works with classics and rarely performed works. Now in its seventh year, Grimeborn is dedicated to celebrating the world of Opera while also making it accessible to both new and established audiences.

Grimeborn is bigger than ever before. This year’s festival will take place in both Studios, allowing each production to add more performances. Additionally, there will be a few one-off concerts and operas on selected dates.

“Grimeborn Opera is in serious danger
of becoming a bit of an institution”

Andrew Clements, The Guardian



Buy 2 dates in the same booking for only £27 (£13.50 per performance)


Buy 3 dates in the same booking for only £36 (£12 per performance)

Offers available online or by phone using one of the following codes:

2 Opera offer code = OPERA2

3 Opera offer code = OPERA3

terms and conditions: The 2 Opera offer excludes one-off performances. These offers cannot be combined with any other offer. Both two and three date offer tickets must be booked in the same booking to receive discount, no retrospective discounts available. Any tickets purchased as part of this offer and subsequently changed to another date will be upgraded to full price in addition to a transaction fee. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Are you a regular Grimeborn visitor? An opera lover? Then join our new Grimeborn Funders Circle. Get invitations to the annual Grimeborn reception, ticket deals and other discounts, plus opportunities to meet the participating artists and sit in on rehearsals. Annual membership starts at £50. [Click here]( for more information.


Tickets: £15 (£12 concessions)

Please note there is not a performance of Pelléas et Mélisande on 22 August

Valid for use with Arcola Passport