There’s no fool like an old fool, particularly when it comes to love and money. And as you enter Don Pasquale’s crumbling pensione the old adage soon becomes amusingly apparent. With endearingly eccentric characters, fabulous music and plenty of laughs, director Renaud Doucet and designer André Barbe (Manon 2009) return with their colourful and quirky style. Set in Rome at the cusp of the Swinging Sixties, it’s the perfect setting for a titanic clash of the generations.... Read more >>
Running time: 2h 15m
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
There’s no fool like an old fool, particularly when it comes to love and money. And as you enter Don Pasquale’s crumbling pensione the old adage soon becomes amusingly apparent. With endearingly eccentric characters, fabulous music and plenty of laughs, director Renaud Doucet and designer André Barbe (Manon 2009) return with their colourful and quirky style. Set in Rome at the cusp of the Swinging Sixties, it’s the perfect setting for a titanic clash of the generations.
Don Pasquale, a reclusive old man with a penchant for cats, runs his pensione with only a chain-smoking chambermaid, a greasy cook and an ancient porter for company. Worried that his wealth will be squandered by his scheming nephew Ernesto, Pasquale determines to find himself a wife. When a distinctly feline young lady conveniently turns up, he is smitten. But having a wife is not quite as straightforward as he expected… Has Ernesto got the better of the old curmudgeon at last?
From lyrical arias, to punchy patter and sparkling humour, Donizetti’s music brings this comedic masterpiece to life. Opera buffa veteran Alfonso Antoniozzi sings Don Pasquale, internationally acclaimed tenor Aldo Di Toro is Ernesto and Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson, fresh from rave reviews as Papagena in 2012’s The Magic Flute, is Norina. Former Scottish Opera Music Director Francesco Corti makes a welcome return to conduct.
Don Pasquale Unwrapped 30 Jan 6pm
New to opera? Try Don Pasquale Unwrapped - a free hour-long taster.
Presented from the set of the production, Scottish Opera’s Unwrapped events involve singers, backstage crew and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. You’ll hear highlights from the music and be introduced to the principal characters from the opera, the plot and some key scenes. You’ll also find out more about the props, costumes, lighting and direction, as well as some of the theatrical secrets behind the production. Tickets are free but should be reserved by calling the Box Office.
Don Pasquale Pre-show talk 1 Feb 6pm
Want to know even more about Don Pasquale? These free half-hour sessions delve deeper into the opera, enhancing your enjoyment and extending your knowledge of the piece. Tickets are free but should be reserved by calling the Box Office. Limited availability.
There are no booking fees for this production.
However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £2.85 Transaction fee.
All Super Seats include choice of nibble box, welcome drink and programme or theatre gift.
There are two wheelchair spaces in the stalls, dress circle, upper circle and balcony of the Theatre Royal. There is lift access to all levels.
We have an infra-red audio enhancement system in the auditorium. Patrons can choose between a headset or a necklace depending on their hearing needs. These are available from Front of House staff in the foyer. There are two devices available:
Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control.
Headset This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.
There are 2 accessible toilets in the stalls area and one in the basement, dress circle, upper circle and balcony of the Theatre Royal. There is lift access to all levels.
Glasgow City Council operates a supervised 24hr, pay-on foot (credit cards accepted) multi-storey car park one block from the theatre in Cambridge St. Parking after 6pm costs £1.50 and this charge entitles you to park until 9am the following day. Leave the car park on foot by the Cowcaddens Rd exit, follow Cowcaddens Rd for one block and the Theatre Royal is on your right. If you have an orange or blue badge you can park free of charge for as long as you wish in surrounding Pay & Display spaces. There are other car parks at Dundasvale and Concert Sq. Eastbound on the M8 Exit at J19 and follow signs for the City Centre. At the 1st set of traffic lights turn left into Pitt St. At the 2nd set of traffic lights turn right into West George St. Turn 1st left into Douglas St then continue (Blythswood Sq on your right) until you reach Sauchiehall St, having crossed both West Regent St and Bath St. Turn right into Sauchiehall St, then left into Rose St at the beginning of the pedestrianised area. Turn 1st right into Renfrew St then 1st left into Cambridge St. The car park is on your right. Westbound on the M8 Exit at J17. Turn left at the 1st set of traffic lights into West Graham St. Turn right at the major traffic lights into Cowcaddens Rd then first right into Cambridge St. The car park is on your left.
Queen St Leave Queen St station by the Dundas St exit (to your right from high level trains). Walk straight ahead across the taxi rank and into Dundas Lane. Turn right into Buchanan St and follow the pedestrianised area into Sauchiehall St then turn right into Hope St. The Theatre Royal is around 100yds on your right after you cross Renfrew St.
Central Leave Central station by the main entrance. Turn left into Gordon St then first right into Hope St. The Theatre Royal is at the top of Hope St 100yds on your right after you cross Renfrew St. For full timetable information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit Network Rail's website.
Leave Cowcaddens station & turn right. Walk alongside Cowcaddens Rd for around 200yds & turn right into Hope St. The Theatre Royal is in front of you.
A wide variety of local bus routes stop close to the Theatre Royal. Longer distance services arrive at Buchanan Bus Station. Leave the bus station by the clock and head up Killermont St. Turn right up Hope St and the Theatre Royal is on your right. For timetable information call Traveline on 0870 608 2608. For other bus info call 0141 423 6600 8.30am- 6pm Mon - Fri and 8.30am- 12.30pm Sat.
Coaches may drop off but not park in front of the theatre. Coach parks are located at High Street (call in advance 0141 552 7276) and Buchanan Bus Station (call in advance 0141 333 3762). Charges apply.
Book online: Use the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 7647 Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.
Customer Service: 0844 871 7627
Groups Bookings: 0844 871 7602 Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.
Access Bookings: 0844 871 7677 Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.
Stage Door / Admin:* 0141 332 3321
*please note it is not possible to assist
with bookings on this number
The Theatre Royal Box Office (282 Hope Street) open 10am - 6pm, Mon - Sat, operates advance sales for both the Theatre Royal and our sister venue, the King’s Theatre.
On show nights the Theatre Royal box office will open 90 mins before curtain up offering counter sales for the evening performance only and no advance sales after 6pm. If you are collecting tickets we recommend you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the show.
Access to upper levels
Following the redevelopment, new lifts have opened up access, meaning for the first time in the theatre's 147 year history all audience members can reach all levels.
Customers can now enjoy the theatre during the day, in a new café - Vanilla Black at the Theatre - serving coffee, cakes and other tasty treats. Complimentary wi-fi is available for cafe-users.
We have purpose-built education rooms, supported by The Robertson Trust, with outreach activity run by Scottish Opera and The Ambassador Theatre Group. For more details about these spaces please contact Laura Fitzpatrick on 0141 240 1310.
A heritage project - supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund - aims to share the theatre's rich architectural and performance history which has helped shape the face of popular entertainment in Glasgow. Interactive touchscreens tell the story of the theatre from its early days staging variety shows, to life as the home of Howard and Wyndham (fathers of modern pantomime), the birthplace of Scottish Television, and its transformation from TV studio back to a theatre, becoming the performance home of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. For more information please visit www.glasgowtheatreroyal.org.uk