Madame Chandelier's Rough Guide to the Opera

Cabaret and Variety (comedy, solo show)

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  • Laughing Horse @ City Cafe - Nineties
  • 12:00
  • Aug 18
  • 45 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Delea Shand
  • Warnings and additional info: Venue Age Restriction: Strictly 18+ after 22:00. Audience Participation


Madame Chandelier guides you through her favourite opera plots, with jokes, dramatic death scenes, and a Nessun Dorma singalong! The joyfully ridiculous and self-proclaimed anti-diva of opera has stolen this great music from the grand opera house, and she's tearing down the pretence and bringing opera to the people. Nominated for Best Comedy Show and Best Newcomer at the Manchester Fringe. 'Entertaining and very funny' **** ( 'Brilliantly memorable' (

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  • Accessible entry: There are 2 steps into the main space then steps down into the performance space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
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Louise - Stirling 103 days ago

This was by far the funniest show! We took our children along (it was my daughters birthday choice) we laughed, sang along & participated in the show! We haven't been to the opera but we will definitely go now we have had a Madame Chandelier 'translation'
Incredibly talented singer! Go - you won't regret it!

Rachael Bermingham 109 days ago

One of our favourite shows. If you’re an opera goer - get a new angle on opera. If you’ve never been - demystify the genre. Physical, energetic, high notes and highly recommended.

Elena Odessa Ray 112 days ago

This is a great show whether you love opera or you are totally new to opera. Madame chandelier is funny, friendly, touching and a lovely singer. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance and I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to discover the humour in Opera.

Barbara Williams 114 days ago

This is such a brilliant show! Bit of a random choice for us but I'm so glad we went along. We are opera fans, but others in the room were not and were having just as much fun. Madame Chandelier is a great singer and a very funny lady. It is a tiny venue so get along in good time.

Daniel Somerville 119 days ago

This show is hilarious. I know a fair bit about opera (but somehow still managed to get a question wrong when asked what a costume was - embarrassingly) but you don't need to know anything about opera to enjoy it. Madame Chandalier pitches the show perfectly to be amusing for those who know opera, but also playing beautifully with all of its stereotypes and conventions for those who don't. I laughed so hard all the way through. There are interesting stories, funny situations, the presentation is make-shift (and for me that's a good thing in comedy like this)... she is a great performer, so engaging, self-effacing, friendly, welcoming, intelligent but not in anyway elitist. it is opera-tastic - such an enjoyable show.

Paul Kutarski 120 days ago

A glorious musical romp. The best Free Fringe performance I have seen this year. The venue is tiny, so get there early if you want to stand a chance of experiencing this brilliant show. Bravo, Bravissimo indeed!

James Jordan 120 days ago

Go, even if you don't think you like opera.

I'll admit to liking opera, but after this I feel I need to go see Mozart's Magic Flute and Dvorak's Rusalka as soon as possible.

Kate Ellis 123 days ago

Sooooooo good, so funny, such amazing singing! Such moving death scene (on the audience). 6/5 stars! Can’t recommend enough! Get there early because people were being turned away! And you don’t want to miss this!

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FringeReview 114 days ago

Laughing Horse’s Nineties Room at its City Bar venue is not much bigger than the average broom cupboard.  So it looks pretty much like organised chaos when you’ve got thirty or so people sitting on top of each other, leaving barely any room for Madame Chandelier to deliver her (very)...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 121 days ago

Whether you're a seasoned opera-goer or a complete newbie to the art form, Madame Chandelier's Rough Guide to the Opera has something for you. In this 45-minute five act performance, standup soprano Delea Shand provides a crash course in some of the most-loved opera plots, performing her take on their...

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