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Bravo Figaro!

Mark Thomas, one of the finest storytellers in the country, returns to the Royal Opera House with a show about his father.


Bravo Figaro! is the true tale of a self-employed builder’s love of opera, his battle with degenerative illness and how to put opera on in a bungalow in Bournemouth.


Bravo Figaro! sees comedian and writer Mark Thomas return to the Royal Opera House with a show he originally developed for the Deloitte Ignite festival in 2011. It is a poignant and personal tale about his relationship with his father, which plunders the operatic themes of family, love, death and art. Thomas's father is a self-employed builder with a passion for Verdi, Rossini, Puccini and Mozart. But when he is diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, his life begins to crumble. As his father's illness progresses, Thomas stages a concert to try to connect with him through music.

Mark Thomas is a writer, activist and comedian. Since his first standup gig in a pub in Putney in 1985, he has written books, made radio shows and filmed TV documentaries. His work is known for its incisive wit and political awareness.