The Elixir Of Love


New orchestration for piano, saxophone and viola by John Gibbons. 

New english version conceived by Valentina Ceschi with a libretto by Thomas Eccleshare. 

Adina is the hottest star in Hollywood – and Nemorino adores her. When an ambitious army officer makes a very public proposal to Adina, Nemorino is in despair, until Dulcamara, the smooth-talking stylist, comes to his rescue with a remedy which he promises will win Adina once and for all.

Donizetti’s warm-hearted opera fizzes with wit, great tunes and a keen-eyed dissection of the way love can confound even the cleverest of us.


Valentina Ceschi and translator Thomas Eccleshare have splendidly gone to town reinventing the libretto
The Daily Telegraph

Crammed full of clever comic details and fizzes with vitality
Time out

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Evening Standard

Confidently glamorous, effortlessly stylish and expertly delivered, this production is a potent potion
Islington Gazette


Director: Valentina Ceschi
Librettist: Thomas Eccleshare
Original Musical Director: John Gibbons
Set and Costume Designer: Kate Lane
Lighting Designer: Ben Polya


The revival of this production in December 2014 at the King's Head Theatre was generously supported by the Mercers' Company