This autumn

In the Market for Love

Indoor performances of Offenbach’s one-act French farce

Tickets: £40 – £60
Concessions*: 50% off top price tickets

*Concessions are available for under 18s; full-time students; and those in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support or Pension Credit.

Wheelchair users and registered disabled ticket holders can book a companion ticket free of charge. Please call the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 815000 to book.

About the opera

Travel to the markets of Paris for Jacques Offenbach’s one-act French farce.

Hailed by Rossini as ‘The Mozart of the Champs-Elysees’, Jacques Offenbach was the champagne-toast of Paris, the father of French operetta. No one composed a catchier tune, a quicker musical punchline, or scored a romance more seductively.

Bursting with larger-than-life characters and big tunes, this comic miniature directed by Glyndebourne’s Artistic Director, Stephen Langridge, sees romance blossom between a handsome young cook and the charming orphan Ciboulette. Expect intrigue, unexpected revelations and joyful happily-ever-afters.

The opera will be conducted by Ben Glassberg, Principal Conductor of the Glyndebourne Tour.

In the Market for Love is a new translation of Offenbach’s Mesdames de la Halle, by Stephen Plaice.


As part of the booking process you can select your own seats. To manage social distancing within the auditorium, all seats are grouped in pairs. If you’d like to book an odd number of seats, please call the Box Office on 01273 815 000 (Monday – Friday, 11.00am – 5.00pm).

In the Market for Love

or Onions are Forever

Music by Jacques Offenbach in a new version by Stephen Plaice

Conducted by Ben Glassberg

Directed by Stephen Langridge

Vocal setting by Marcia Bellamy

Adapted from the French Mesdames de La Halle by Armand Lapointe

Cast includes

Mademoiselle Bouillabaisse – a fish seller
Brenden Gunnell

Madame Beurrefondu – a purveyor of dairy products
Rupert Charlesworth

The Police Inspector
Matthew Rose (10-20 October)
John Mackenzie-Lavansch (22-25 October)

Raflafla – a drum major, about to retire
Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts

Harry Coe – a young cook
Kate Lindsey (10-18 & 22-25 October)
Emma Kerr (20 October)

Ciboulette – a young fruit seller
Nardus Williams


Autumn experience – enhance your visit

We have been working hard to provide the best experience under the current guidelines. Enhance your visit by booking a pre-performance dining experience, or a reserved space if you prefer to bring your own picnic. By selecting one of these options you will be able to arrive 2.5 hours before the performance begins, allowing you to make the most of your visit.

Pre-performance dining options:

  • Middle and Over Wallop restaurant: three-course pre-performance dining
  • Mildmay tearooms: Ha-Ha afternoon tea
  • Greenhouse & Garden Marquees: bookable for those bringing their own refreshments

We’ve ensured there’s plenty of distancing between parties in each location, and have opened more spaces to ensure that everyone who wants to extend their visit, can. Please note that all dining options must be booked in advance online or through the Box Office, including space in the marquees.

If you choose not to extend your visit time by pre-booking one of our dining options, for your safety you’ll be asked to arrive no more than 20 minutes before the performance start time. Unfortunately, the grounds won’t be open for general use and the Long Bar will remain closed for the autumn performances.

Please be aware that to ensure your safety there will be no interval during the performances.

Thank you for working with us during these extraordinary times.


Ensuring your safety at Glyndebourne

Your safety is our number one priority. We promise to keep you feeling safe during your visit to Glyndebourne. Everything we do is managed in line with the latest guidance from Public Health England.

Click here to read about the measures we have in place to ensure safe social distancing and sanitisation.



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