John Berry and Anthony Lilley for Scenario Two Ltd & Karl Sydow present The Light in the Piazza

  • Language - English
  • Running Time - 2 hours, 30 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Book - Craig Lucas
  • Music and Lyrics - Adam Guettel

Starring Renée Fleming

What do you get when you cross a world-renowned, Tony-nominated artist with a six-time Tony Award-winning musical? Surefire theatrical magic - and that's what audiences can expect this December when opera superstar Renée Fleming, Alex Jennings (Netflix’s The Crown) and rising star Solea Pfeiffer (Almost Famous) bring the ravishing musical The Light in the Piazza to Lyric Opera House!

This anticipated new production is directed by multiple Olivier Award-winning director Daniel Evans. Renée Fleming, who was Tony-nominated for her role as Nettie Fowler in Carousel on Broadway last season, stars as Margaret Johnson in this beloved piece that features "the most intensely romantic score of any musical since West Side Story" (New York Times). Featuring the Lyric Opera Orchestra conducted by Kimberly Grigsby, The Light in the Piazza tells a story that will sweep you off your feet as it transports you to beautiful, sun-drenched Florence.

The Story: Florence. Summer 1953. As American Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara take in the city's wonders, a fateful gust of wind whisks Clara's hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli... and it's amore at first sight. But Clara isn't quite what she appears, and soon they must all confront a secret that's been kept in the shadows for far too long.

Don't miss this acclaimed Broadway musical about the life-changing thrill of first love in this limited engagement at the Lyric Opera House!

Presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe. Produced by arrangement with Turner Entertainment Co. owner of the original motion picture "Light in The Piazza". Based on the Novel by Elizabeth Spencer.

Upcoming Dates
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The Light in the Piazza was presented at Lyric December 14 – 29, 2019. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.


Renée Fleming's Invitation



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London Theatre Reviews

Renee Fleming is sublime

The Stage

Fleming sounds glorious and acts up a storm...when she is on stage things somehow crackle and sparkle


The Light in the Piazza is a score of swelling, surging musical joy, full of meltingly lovely arias, laments and a sense of overwhelming feeling

London Theatre

Meet the Artists

Renée Fleming

Margaret Johnson

Solea Pfeiffer


Malcolm Sinclair

Roy Johnson

Alex Jennings

Signor Naccarelli

Marie McLaughlin

Signora Naccarelli

Rob Houchen

Fabrizio Naccarelli

Eric Sciotto

Giuseppe Naccarelli

Suzanne Kantorski

Franca Naccarelli

Matthew Woodyatt

The Priest/Pimp

Rhona Mcgregor

Flower Seller/Tour Guide

Tom Partridge

Newspaper Seller/Man #1

Molly Lynch


Nicholas Duncan

Bicyclist/Tourist/Man #2

Jordan Castle

Café Waiter/Tourist/A Priest/Man #3

Chlöe Hart


Max J Cervantes

Lover/Tourist/A Priest/Fake Fabrizio

Monica Swayne

Tourist/Giuseppe’s Lover/Nun

Darilyn Burtley

Tourist/Café Waitress/Prostitute/Nun

Kimberly Grigsby


Daniel Evans


Robert Jones

Scenic Designer

Brigitte Reiffenstuel

Costume Designer

Lucy Hind

Movement Director

Mark Henderson

Lighting Designer

Kai Harada

Co-Sound Designer

Charlotte Sutton CDG

Casting Director

Campbell Young

Wig Designer

Jim Carnahan

International Casting Director

Neil Robinson

Associate Director