Kiss me Figaro ELISIR

Great Yarmouth born John Ramster never imagined as he grew up in Lowestoft and started acting at the Seagull Theatre that one day he would be directing his own new opera in his home town following an acclaimed London run (4 stars, 3 nominations for Off West End awards, 5 stars

His Kiss me, Figaro! for the Merry Opera comes to Diss Corn Hall next Thursday 6 March, St George’s Theatre Great Yarmouth 7 March and will return to Norfolk in June on 21st (Norwich Playhouse). He stays in contact with his Norfolk  roots through is family who still live locally.

John who recently returned from directing Le nozze di Figaro in Finland has worked across Europe (Ireland, Finland, Portugal, Spain and Serbia) as well the UK. He is a professor of acting at the Royal Academy of Music, a sometime screenwriter for soap operas, a published author (Ladies’ Man has been translated into 7 languages) and his next book will be a murder-mystery set in Handel’s London

Merry Opera have previously  toured to Diss, Great Yarmouth and Norwich with their ‘burlesgue’ La Traviata and last year’s acclaimed Magic Flute.

Kiss me, Figaro! is a new romantic comedy set backstage at the opera where offstage romance and drama is played out for real when the curtain rises!  Effectively a ‘jukebox’ opera the show includes a wide range of operatic favouritestogether with some more unusual repertoire (see notes below) and songs by Irving Berlin and his contemporaries – there are new translations and bespoke arrangements. It’s a treat for opera fans and a fun introduction for those new to opera.


Thu 6 March 2014 – Diss Corn Hall at 7.30pm

Corn Hall, St Nicholas Street, Diss  IP22 4LB

£15, £12 concs, £45 family ticket

Box Office: 01379 652241 or [email protected]


Fri 7 March 2014 –  Great Yarmouth, St George’s Theatre

St. Georges Theatre, King’s Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2PG

£16, £14 concs

Box office: 01493 331484


Sat 21 June 2014 – Norwich, The Playhouse at 7.30pm

42-58 St George’s Street, Norwich NR3 1AB

£15, £12.50 concs, £46 family ticket

Box office: 01603 598 598


Libretto & Director:  John Ramster

Music Director & pianist:  Stephen Hose

Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Rebecca Hanbury

Choreographers: Carole Todd

Set Design: Louise Carver

Costume Design: Michelle Bradbury

Lighting Design: Del Hoggan

Cast: Cast: Daisy Brown (as Daisy Brown), Felicity Buckland (as Una Bryant), Dario Dugandzic (as Tim Connor),  Kristin Finnigan (as Jacqueline Sherwood), James Harrison (as George Polignac), Stephen Hose (as Sidney Austin), Tom Lowe (as Tim Hicks), Joe Morgan (as Joe Morgan), Matthew Quirk (as Marcus Sherwood), Daniel Roddick (as Marcus Sherwood) & Jenny Stafford (as Rachel Harmon)

Produced by: The Merry Opera Company

Press & PR: Katherine Ives of Trilby Productions and

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