OperaUpClose in association with Soho Theatre


  • Wed 14 Aug - Sun 15 Sept, 7.30pm (Sat matinees 3pm, Sun matinees 5pm)
  • Sun - Thu £25 (£22.50), Fri & Sat £29.50 (£25)

Love, lust and the corrupting influence of power

★★★★ Evening Standard

East Germany, 1989. In the shadow of the Berlin wall, Tosca, a fiery yet vulnerable singer, is the toast of the ruling communist elite. When her lover helps a political prisoner escape, Tosca’s world is torn apart, leaving her at the mercy of Scarpia, chief of the Stasi secret police.

Puccini’s masterpiece is a taut thriller set in the dying days of communism, as the government turns to terrifying levels of surveillance and intimidation in a desperate bid to cling to power.

Acclaimed for its radical interpretations, OperaUpClose brings its trademark intimacy and immediacy to Tosca’s story of love, loyalty and corruption accompanied by a boutique trio of piano, cello and clarinet.

Soho Theatre and OperaUpClose revive their celebrated partnership, re-uniting the team behind the Olivier Award winning production La Bohème and Don Giovanni.

£25 (£22.50) Sun-Thu and matinees
£29.50 (£25) Fri & Sat

10 tickets priced at £15 for every performance for Under 26s

For ages 12+
Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes including 2 intervals

For people who are Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing.

Sat 31 Aug, 3pm
Tickets £15

Book tickets online by selecting ‘Captioned Ticket’ when prompted.

Find out more about our Captioned performances.

For people who are Blind or visually impaired
Sun 8 Sept, 5pm
Tickets £15

Book tickets online by selecting ‘Audio Described Ticket’ when prompted.

Find out more about our Audio-Described performances.

Planning your evening at Soho Theatre and not sure where to eat before seeing Tosca? The excellent Quo Vadis restaurant, next door to us on Dean Street has a delicious, pre show menu at 6pm, £17.50 for 2 courses or £20 for 3 courses for performances starting at 7.30pm. Take a look at the sample menu to the right, book Quo Vadis Meal Deal tickets online or call us on 020 7478 0100.

‘OperaUpClose has the knack of cutting operas down to size without mislaying their passion… Its a difficult balancing act, but this Tosca pulls it off.’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

‘Faultless vocals with thoroughly absorbing and ultimately devastating performances.’ A Younger Theatre

‘An ideal introduction for newcomers to opera.’ Telegraph

‘Another jewel in the crown of OperaUpClose.’ ★★★★ Ham & High

‘A combination of excellent acting, determined sensuality and some extremely talented singing in what is a boldly reset production.’ ★★★★ The Lady

‘A small but effective band of piano , cello and clarinet brings just a touch of Weill cabaret to proceedings, appropriate given the context.’ Critics Choice – Times

‘An enjoyable and, at times gripping production…visceral stuff!’ Time Out

Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Danyal Dhondy, Elspeth Wilkes, Christopher Hone, Jonathan Lipman, Seth Rook Williams, Becca Marriott, Demelza Stafford, Edward Hughes, Gareth Dafydd Morris, James Harrison, Francis Church, Steven East, Tom Stoddart, Elspeth Wilkes., Alison Holford, William Rudge, Sarah Douglas, Fiona Mitchell, Nina Fransson, Richard Williamson, Mary Franklin