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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.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Bravo Figaro!. It was last on stage 29–30 November 2012.


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.