A Laugh at the Opera

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Comic chaos and feel-good fun from the world’s favourite operas


A Laugh at the Opera

Our original rib-tickling romp through everyone’s comic opera favourites, featuring hilarious hairdressers, subversive servants, duplicate lovers and amorous aristocracy! Laughs and surprises from Mozart, Rossini, Bernstein and more.

Most extracts are sung in English, including popular ‘pot-boilers’ and something really unusual for the buffs. MC and mezzo Kirsty Young introduces who’s singing what, when, and most importantly, why!

If laughter is the best medicine, there’s an awful lot of fit and happy people out there thanks to Hatstand’s A Laugh at the Opera. The show was created as a one-off show for the late-lamented BOC Covent Garden Festival, and then got rather sidelined until we revisited it a couple of years later. Now, completely revamped after 7+ years on the road, it’s one of our most popular shows. In fact, it’s been so successful, we took a hint from Hollywood and created a sequel!

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[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”left”]”We were at your wonderful performances on both days over the weekend and wanted again to thank you for a lovely time. You all do a fantastic job in making so many people happy with your great entertainment.”

Maggie and Ron Eve, audience members, Opera in the Orchard



Laugh-Allowed Opera:

a peal of arias and songs

More laughs, surprises, and disguises from the world’s favourite comic operas, presented in Hatstand Opera’s fun, informal style that thousands of fans across the UK know and love.

With new costumes, new jokes (yes really!), and a veritable belly laugh of new music, this new show ensures that everyone can have a good chuckle with opera.
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A Laugh at the Opera / Laugh-Allowed Opera


Age Range: 14 – 94+


Content: scenes and arias from comic operas (not operettas), with most extracts sung in English so you get the jokes. An energetic show full of gentle humour, fast singing, and spadeloads of fun.


Suitable for:
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  • almost any venue or event
  • great for family audiences


Technical Requirements: for details on how to put on either Laugh show in a non-theatre space, see our Put on a Show page. Simple technical specs for theatres are available on request.