Delius’s only verismo opera sees the soldier Thibault recognise his first love in a brothel. The girl he once knew as Marguerite is now Margot, and the lover of a pimp. Blending the lyrical beauty for which Delius is famed, with the passion and drive of Italian opera, Margot la Rouge is an intoxicating and gripping drama.

In the second opera of the evening, Puccini’s early opera Le Villi, Anna – abandoned and forgotten by her sweetheart, Roberto – dies of a broken heart. When he returns, penniless and repentant, Anna and the Willis, the haunted spirits of abandoned brides, lure him into a fatal dance. With soaring melodies, this fantasy of heartbreak and supernatural revenge launched Puccini’s career as the greatest musical dramatist of his era.

Picnic table booking

Enjoy your picnic on site before the show and during the interval in one of our beautiful picnicking areas. To reserve a table, please visit our Food and Drink page.

Please note that this event is now postponed until further notice as a consequence of the UK government’s advice relating to the Covid-19 outbreak. Ticket holders will be contacted directly about refund options. Full statement here.