Commotion arises when the dominating Rita and her timid husband Beppe receive an unexpected visit from Rita's first husband Gaspar. Each believes the other to have died and Gaspar unknowingly arrives seeking Rita's death certificate so he can remarry. Beppe sees this as an opportunity to escape his marriage, as Gaspar is still legally Rita's husband. The two men agree to a game - the winner will have to stay with Rita. Each of them tries to lose, but Gaspar cunningly manipulates Rita and Beppe to fall in love again. Meanwhile, wealthy old bachelor Uberto is kept under the thumb of his maid Serpina. He enlists his manservant Vespone to help him find a wife and get rid of Serpina but she convinces Vespone to trick Uberto into marrying her. Their elaborate plan works and by the time Uberto has agreed to marry Serpina he realises he had loved her all along. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll certainly be astounded by the calibre of this innovative company.

Performers Cliff Zammit-Stevens (Beppe), Alexander Learmonth (Gasparo), Simon Wallfisch (Gasparo), Clemintine Lovell (Rita), Antoine Salmon (Uberto), Oskar McCarthy (Uberto), Penelope Manser (Serpina), Melanie Lodge (Serpina), Darren Royston (Servant), Elizabeth Challenger (piano), James Henshaw (piano).
Music Giovanni. Producer Clementine Lovell. Producer Fiona Johnston (assistant). Company Pop-Up Opera. Director Darren Royston. Musical Director James Henshaw.

Rita and La Serva Padrona

Rita and La Serva Padrona (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T1436471152. Details of all Rita and La Serva Padrona archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S85674379

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10 Jul 13The Battersea Barge
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