“The Watermill's The Marriage of Figaro... is an absolute joy.” The British Theatre Guide
“a perfect play for a summer’s evening at the beautiful Watermill Theatre” The Stage
“The Watermill’s rollicking new production” The Oxford Times
“Kate Saxon’s fast-paced production builds up to a magnificent and hilarious final act climax in the garden (weather permitting). A great way to spend a summer evening.” Newbury Theatre
The lustful Count is determined to “reward” his lovely servant Suzanne for her loyal service on her wedding night, as is the custom practised by French nobility. His desire appears to have pushed from his mind his pledge to the Countess to abolish this droit de seigneur. However, he fails to appreciate the determination of the groom-to-be, his crafty, quick-witted valet, Figaro, hell-bent on defending his bride’s honour. The self-styled genius of intrigue weaves a plot causing chaos amongst the lower and upper orders and culminating in a delightfully farcical evening of mistaken identities.
Beaumarchais' play, the inspiration for Mozart's opera and considered scandalous in pre-revolution France, is a comic masterpiece. The UK premiere of Ranjit Bolt’s stylish and savvy translation brings it bang up-to-date.
The cast perform live the sexy rhythms of Spanish Flamenco and Salsa, original compositions by Sarah Travis.
The final, farcical act will take place in The Watermill garden. But we know that we can’t rely on dry weather, so on wet days an equally enchanting scene will be enacted in the theatre.
Mon evenings & Thurs matinees
Tues, Weds, Thurs evenings and Sat matinées
£15, £23, £25
Fri & Sat evenings
£16.50, £25, £27
First week special
On the first Thurs and Fri seats are £14.50, £15
(no other discounts apply)
Tue, Wed and Thurs night meal deal – two course post-show meal with coffee and a top price ticket for the show only £35. Must be booked through the box office 01635 46044.
Performance Running Times
Acts 1-3: 56 mins
Interval: 20 mins
Act 4: 12 mins
Act 5: 20 mins
Weather permitting, Act 5 will take place in the Count’s garden (back lawn)
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
(please note there is no matinee performance on Thursday 23 June)
Saturday 30 July performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm
Directed by Kate Saxon
Designed by Libby Watson
Original music and musical direction by Sarah Travis
Lighting designed by Nick Richings