PAGLIACCI (or the Clowns)

b_Pagliacci-P The Opera Pagliacci by R. Leoncavallo is sung in a new English translation by Director Alice Coghlan. Pagliacci is one of the world’s best loved operas, and is inspired by a murder the composer witnessed as a boy in Calabria – when his wet nurse took him out to see the carnival players.

Over lunch at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre audiences discover what happens behind the merry scenes of their Italian commedia dell’Arte. Dainty Nedda holds a romantic tryst with an Irish usher, whilst the buffoon Tonio spies from the stalls. The hunchback reports back to her old husband Canio – leaving the heartbroken clown, to sing the great tenor aria ‘Vesti la Giubba’. For show time is here and he must play cuckold to her Colombina. Or else sink his knife into her fetid blood…


What the Critics Say


“a triumph…funny, poignant and beautifully sung. Pagliacci is going to be a hit.”  – The Dubliner


“a show that should charm opera sceptics and delight the faithful…releases all the tempestuousness of the story like a controlled tragi-comic explosion” –  Daily Mail ✮✮✮✮


“A lunchtime treat …this inventive production has style and verve” –  Sunday Business Post ✮✮✮

Read Full Reviews


Read an Interview with the Singers

Read an Introduction to Pagliacci


From Wonderland Productions Ltd.
Rhys Jenkins, Simon Morgan, Joan O’Malley, Wojciech Smarkala & Ralph Strehle.
Emer Barry, Tristan Caldwell, Simon Machale, Cormac Ό Corcoráin, Donna Gallagher, Colm Lalor & Anne Marie Sheridan

The Production Team
Director/Translator: Alice Coghlan
Repiteur/Accompanist: Elaine Brennan
Design: Alice Butler
Lighting Design: Sophy Bradshaw Power
Dramaturgy: Irene Dei
Producer: Robert Bradish
Associate Producer: Emer Mullarkey
Production Manager: Martin Wunderlich
Assistant Directors: Sheila O’Reilly & Orna Joyce
Stage Management: Sophie Flynn & Fiona Keller
Photography & Poster/Flyer Design:

Bookmark the permalink.