Figaro (Shaun Aquilina) and Susanna (Camilla Foster-Mitchell)

The cast

Figaro Shaun Aquilina
Susanna Camilla Foster-Mitchell
Count Almaviva James Corrigan
Countess Almaviva Louise Herrington
Cherubino Lydia Holmes
Barbarina Lucy Fitt
Marcellina Tamsin Slatter
Don Basilio Duncan Powell
Curzio Jim Petts
Bartolo James Mitchell
Antonio David Bunney

The Marriage of Figaro – 2017 production

Stage director Stan Pretty MBE; Conductor Benjamin Hamilton; Set designer Suzanne Thomson; Costumes Lili Tuttle.

One of the ways we talked about 'Figaro' was 'Downton Abbey meets Whitehall farce'. There are lots of farcical moments – hiding in cupboards, disguises, cross-dressing and jumping out of windows – and the upstairs/downstairs shenanigans are the pivot of the plot. But there are less frothy bits in the story too, like the abuse of power and privilege; stubborn, cunning resistance; and finally forgiveness and reconciliation. No wonder that Director Stan Pretty wrote: 'Mozart's exquisite opera has long been a favourite of mine not only for its glorious music but for its fine characterisations, its comedy, its mood changes, its lyricism and its – in many ways – bizarre but endearing theatricality.'

Our audiences must have agreed with Stan – numbers were well up!

We'd like to say a special thank-you to two people: Christine Buras, who covered for illness by singing part of the Countess's role from the pit; and our former musical director Benjamin Hamilton, who took the conductor's baton at a very late stage.


The Countess (Louise Herrington) and Count (James Corrigan)

More about this production

Photos — the Figaro Gallery

'A stock figure for the common man' — the Figaro back-story