New production


Paisley Opera House


Thu 26 Jul to Sun 29 Jul

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Experience opera through a different lens – in an all-encompassing spectacular that puts you right in the middle of the action. This Summer, visionary director Bill Bankes-Jones marshals a company of nearly 200, including The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, a cast of international soloists and a professional and community chorus, in this blood and guts tale of love and jealousy.

‘The combination of a national company and a broad cross section of a local community coming together to tell such a gripping story through opera is unprecedented. It will be like nothing you have ever seen before.'

Bill Bankes-Jones

Staged festival-style in a huge tented structure – dubbed ‘Paisley Opera House’ – this dynamic promenade production has all the fun of the fair, taking inspiration from commedia dell’arte and Paisley’s own Sma’ Shot Festival, countered with the dark violence of the gripping story. Leoncavallo’s music is packed with energy, pulsing with passion and a showpiece for principals, chorus and orchestra alike. The outstanding cast includes Ronald Samm, famous for his Otello at Opera North in 2013; ex-Samling Scholar Anna Patalong; Robert Hayward (Bluebeard’s Castle 2017); Samuel Dale Johnson (The Marriage of Figaro 2016); and leading Scottish character tenor Alasdair Elliott.

Running time approx. 1 hour 40 mins

Sung in English


Sponsored by Scottish Opera Endowment Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation, W M Mann Foundation, Backstage Trust and Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund


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Cast & Creative Team

Ronald Samm

Anna Patalong

Robert Hayward

Samuel Dale Johnson

Alasdair Elliott

Stuart Stratford

Bill Bankes-Jones

Set & Costume Designer
Tim Meacock

Lighting Designer
Robert B. Dickson

Movement Director
Alex McCabe

Bill Bankes-Jones


Where will the performance take place? 

Pagliacci will be performed in a temporary tented-structure of operatic proportions at Seedhill Sports Ground, Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1QR

How do I get there?

What can I expect from a promenade performance?

Pagliacci will be a fully immersive experience; you will be free to move around the space following the action from scene to scene. 

Will there be seating?

No, as it is a promenade performance you can expect to be standing and walking for the duration of the performance. However, if you feel that you are unable to stand for the performance there is a very limited number of seating available on request at the time of booking. It's not possible to bring your own seating. 

What should I wear? 

Of course you can wear whatever you like to any of our performances but as Pagliacci will be staged in a tent outdoors we would encourage you to dress for the weather. You will be standing/walking on grass during the performance so comfortable footwear us a must. 

When should I arrive?

Doors will be open an hour before the performance starts. There will be a whole programme of pre-show entertainment to enjoy so don't be late to the party!

How long will the performance last?

The performance will last approx. 1hr 40min. However we encourage you to arrive early as doors open 1hr before the performance begins as there will be pre-show entertainment to enjoy.

Will there be food and drink available?

 Yes, there will be a fully licensed bar and a food van selling hot snacks and ice-cream. Food and drink will be available to purchase before, during and after the performance. 

Will you be accepting card payments?

Yes, you can pay for food and drink with card. There will be a box office on the door which will also accept card payments. 

 if you have any further questions please get in touch with us on pagliacci@scottishopera.org.uk