This barber’s tale has a twist

The Barber of Seville playing at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

The Barber of Seville playing at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

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The Barber of Seville with a twist of Austen comes to the Theatre Royal with this production by OperaUpClose.

Rossini’s comic opera tells of the bid by Count Almaviva to win the heart of Rosina and the comic capers orchestrated by Figaro to see the lovers wed.

This early 19th century masterpiece has stood the test of time and OperaUpClose transports the tale to Jane Austen’s England with eligible bachelors, feisty heroines and snobbish relations.

Adapted to English by Robin Norton-Hale and accompanied by a virtuoso piano score this ‘barber’ will entertain as the antics of Rossini’s characters span the centuries.

The company, founded in 2009 with a remit to make opera more democratic and accessible, has produced 21 operas and was resident at the King’s Head Theatre from September 2010 to January 2015. Its performance is part of the Bury St Edmunds Festival.Tickets are from £8.50 to £26 available from 01284 769505.