New Athenaeum Theatre

28 Jan 2023 - 03 Feb 2023

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by Emmanuel Chabrier

Composed in 1877 whilst Chabrier was working at the French equivalent of the Home Office, this surreal comedy opens with King Ouf I walking his capital city in disguise looking for someone to execute a birthday treat. At the same time, Ambassador Hedgehog of Porcupine is in town accompanied by Laoula,  the daughter of a neighbouring monarch. Things become complicated however when Laoula comes across a poor pedlar, Lazuli, and the pair fall in love. As the French say, à suivre (to be continued)!

Directed by BAFTA award-winning PJ Harris, and conducted by French conductor Philippe Forget, this production of supreme Gallic mischief marks the first time in 29 years that L’étoile has been staged in Scotland.

Sung in French with English surtitles.

Creative team:

Director P J Harris
Conductor Philippe Forget
Designer Anna Yates
Lighting designer Emma Jones
Movement Director Jack Webb

Content warning: Contains flash photography and scenes of a sexual nature.

Performance materials for L’étoile edited by Hugh Macdonald and Paul Prévost, and published by Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel.
Performed by arrangement with Faber Music Ltd., London.

Dates & Times

Saturday 28th January

19:15 - 21:30 (Approx: 135 mins)

Monday 30th January

19:15 - 21:30 (Approx: 135 mins)

Wednesday 1st February

19:15 - 21:30 (Approx: 135 mins)

Friday 3rd February

19:15 - 21:30 (Approx: 135 mins)


Full Price Over 60 Under 16 Student Unwaged Disability Discount Personal Assistant YoungScot Card Holder
Price Band A £27.50 £24.00 £24.00 £24.00 £24.00 £24.00 £24.00 £19.20
Price Band B £24.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £17.60
Price Band C £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £4.00


Rosalind Dobson as Laoula (28 Jan / 1 Feb)
Marie Cayeux as Laoula (30 Jan / 3 Feb)
Hannah Bennett as Lazuli
Megan Baker as Aloès
William Searle as Ouf the First
Sam Marston as Prince Hérisson du Porc-Epic
Ross Cumming as Siroco
James McIntyre as Tapioca