a life-enhancing celebration of love, laughter and joie-de-vivre


Verdi’s last opera is a comedic and life-enhancing celebration of love, laughter and joie-de-vivre. The portly old lecher tries to win the affections of three buxom ladies who all triumphantly outwit him and have lot of fun in the process.

Verdi always had a copy of Shakespeare in Italian next to his bed. He wrote this infectious quicksilver score, setting text from The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 in a remarkable late-flowering Indian summer comedy. He was 79 when it premiered.

The Grange Festival is proud to announce with this new production the arrival to opera of Royal Shakespeare Company and West End director Christopher Luscombe and the welcome return of conductor Francesco Cilluffo whose Verdi Requiem on the Grange stage in 2017 still remains powerfully in our memories.

With many well-known names as well as brilliant young artists in the cast, this modern opera brings an exciting combination of Verdi and Shakespeare to The Grange.

  • Composer — Giuseppe Verdi
  • Librettist — Arrigo Boito
  • Orchestra — The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Language — Sung in Italian

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Many bigger companies could learn a thing or two from this astounding little festival that could

Interlude HK

Conducted by the exceptional Francesco Cilluffo, Christopher Luscombe's production for The Grange Festival succeeds beyond any possible expectations

The Financial Times

Easily the best thing I've seen at The Grange Festival

The Spectator

Christopher Luscombe's production is savvily updated, precisely calibrated and musically captivating

The Stage

It's rare to find an evening of comedy that seems so perfectly assembled, but the Grange delivered the full package


Robert Hayward made a delightful Falstaff, an old roue who has no idea that he is ridiculous but who can scrub up well (for his Act Two seduction scene) when needed. Hayward made Falstaff's self-absorbtion into an enjoyable part of his routine and his nimble performance was the centrepiece which anchored the production

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