Touring Scotland | Summer 2021Pop-up Opera
About the Show
Ticket price: From £5
Running time approx: 30 mins
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Pop-up Opera is back on the road for Summer 2021 with a bumper tour featuring five of Gilbert & Sullivans' best-loved hits!
Experience all the drama and wonder of grand opera on a miniature scale, with intimate open-air performances brought to life by a storyteller, two singers, instrumentalists – and a sumptuous set of specially created illustrations.
Immerse yourself in pint-sized versions of HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers , Iolanthe, The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance, which take you on an unforgettable journey through the operas’ musical and dramatic highlights – in just 30 minutes each. Packed with screwball humour, memorable characters, and of course brilliant tongue-twisting tunes, these mini operas are perfect for audiences of all ages.
Safety for all audience members, performers and technical staff has been built into all three productions from the very start. Physical distancing and other safety measures will be observed at all times, with no compromise on your protection – or on your spellbinding operatic experience.
Venues including: Eden Court, Inverness; Aden Country Park, Mintlaw; Baird Park Stonehaven; Haddo House, Ellon; Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock; Queens Park Arena, Glasgow; Heart of Hawick; Harestanes Visitor Centre, Jedburgh; Oban High School; Edinburgh Zoo; Festival Theatre Courtyard, Edinburgh; Slessor Gardens, Dundee; Scottish Opera Production Studios, Glasgow; Strathpeffer Pavilion; Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit; Nevis Centre, Fort William; Ullapool High School; Tong Community Centre, Isle of Lewis; Spors Nis in Lionel, Ness, Isle of Lewis; Grinneabhat Centre, Bragar, Isle of Lewis; Belleisle Estate, Ayr; Fullarton Estate, Troon; Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries; Musselburgh Racecourse and Glamis Castle, Forfar with more to be confirmed!
Pop-up Opera is supported by Garfield Weston Foundation (Weston Culture Fund), Backstage Trust, D'Oyly Carte Opera Trust, The Cross Trust, The Thistle Trust and Scottish Opera’s Education Angels.
A Little Bit of The Gondoliers | Gilbert & Sullivan
Two gorgeous gondoliers, dozens of adoring girls and the lost heir to the kingdom of Barataria: it can mean just one thing – trouble. Float away with us to Venice for one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s wittiest satires... It’s all about love, actually!
A Little Bit of HMS Pinafore | Gilbert & Sullivan
Aboard the ship HMS Pinafore, Josephine, the captain’s daughter, is in love with one of the crew. Her father definitely doesn’t approve. Overturning social order and parental wishes alike, the couple plan to elope. But a surprise confession soon leaves everything in doubt…
A Little Bit of Iolanthe | Gilbert & Sullivan
Iolanthe is banished by the Fairy Queen for marrying a mortal. Now, 25 years later, two worlds again collide when her son announces he’s in love. Unfortunately, his beloved is a popular girl and he has some serious competition… Light-hearted G&S satire at its best, Iolanthe is full of fun.
A Little Bit of The Mikado | Gilbert & Sullivan
The Mikado has decreed that flirting should be punishable by death. But when his son Nanki-Poo falls for the beautiful Yum-Yum, it looks like someone might be heading for the executioner's block!
A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance | Gilbert & Sullivan
A young man bound by an overactive sense of duty, a soft-hearted pirate king with a hopeless band of rogues at his side, a beautiful young girl, a very modern major-general and an ineffectual bevy of policemen add a plot hinging on the technicalities of having a birthday on the 29th of February... What could possibly go wrong?
Cast & creative team
Stephanie Stanway/Charlotte Hoather/Jessica Leary
Andrew McTaggart/Mark Nathan/Aidan Edwards
Allan Dunn/Katie Barnett
Andrew Drummond Huggan/Laura Sergeant
Ian Watt/ Sasha Savaloni
Otto von Beach
What to expect
Already booked your tickets, or thinking about coming to one of our outdoor performances of Pop-up Opera? We're doing everything we can to keep audiences, performers and staff members safe, and we want you to feel assured that we are taking every measure possible to make sure this is the case.
Access to all Pop-up Opera performances will be step-free.
As the show is traveling to multiple locations, we are not able to guarantee that the ground will be suitable for all types of wheelchair or pushchair. We recommend checking with the venue if you have any specific accessibility requirements before traveling. We have provided links to each venue's website via the booking links above.
Our event stewards will direct any groups with wheelchair users to occupy a pod at the end of a row. Please let us know in advance if you require space on the end of a row so that we can reserve this for you. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the show is touring to several outdoor venues, we are not able to guarantee access to toilets or catering facilities, particularly because of the increased vigilance around shared public facilities. Please see the venue websites via the booking links above for more information.
Please check availability and opening times of toilets and baby changing facilities directly with venues as these may be subject to change at short notice due to Government guidelines. These facilities are not managed by Scottish Opera.
Discounts or free tickets are available for:
Children under two (babes in arms)
You do not need to include children under the age of two when selecting your group ticket type. For example, if you are a family of four with one child under the age of two, please select 'Group of 3' as your ticket type.
If you are currently seeking employment, you can get the price of one ticket off your chosen group ticket by using the discount code POPUPJS2021 at checkout. Please note that only one discount code can be used per ticket.
Free tickets are available for disabled patrons who require an essential companion. To claim your free ticket, please first sign up for an account by clicking the 'Sign In' button at the top of the page and following the instructions. When you come to select your 'Other preferences', please tick the box to indicate you require an essential companion. Your discount will then be applied during the checkout process when purchasing your tickets.
Please note that proof of eligibility may be requested upon arrival.
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