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What you loved about The Merry Widow

Read a selection of critics' and audience reactions to The Merry Widow.

The curtain has now gone up on our production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow.

This lavish new staging of Lehár’s sparkling romantic comedy has all the opulence of classic Hollywood. Danielle de Niese leads a stellar cast in this laugh-out-loud classic, which is sure to put a smile on your face as it spins around the glittering ballrooms of 1900s Paris.

Read what the critics and audience had to say about the production.


unerringly capture[s] the heartache that makes The Merry Widow the masterpiece it is.’

Evening Standard

‘Danielle de Niese shines’

The Telegraph

‘the magic comes from Wilson’s conducting

The i Newspaper

‘Marvellous central performances

The Stage

‘fresh and ravishing

The Times

‘The London Philharmonic sound gorgeous throughout.

The Guardian

‘hitting every funny bone in the body.

Financial Times




 ‘What a wonderfully joyful and funny performance. We absolutely loved every minute!’

Audience comment

‘Better than any West End production’

Audience comment

Outstanding – challenged expectations and more than delivered.’

Audience comment

Brave departure from “classic” Glyndebourne but worked very well!’

Audience comment

The merry widow is on stage until 28 July 2024

Image credits: The Merry Widow, Festival 2024. Photos by Tristram Kenton.

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