A man dressed in the traditional white clothes, cap, and black mask of Pulcinella standing inside a wooden barrel. A sign on the barrell says Macaroni Cheese.
Our Productions

Il Panico di Pantalone (or Pantalone’s Panic)

Presented by Lung Ha Theatre Company

Two very fast paced, very funny and perhaps even political Commedia Dell’Arte “canovaccios” stories.

Il Panico di Pantalone

It is the night before Pantalone’s wedding… Finally dreams seem to be coming true for Pantalone. His servants, Arlecchino and Pulcinella, have set things up for their sleazy old master – he will inherit the largest of wills, marry the most beautiful woman and own the largest estate in the region. But could redemption finally be coming the way of Pantalone?  

Il Panico di Capitano 

Il Capitano has requisitioned his navy, positioned his air force and grounded his troops. Brighadella is in the bunker. Pulcinella is in the lookout. Il Dottore is full of advice, as always. The enemy is the firing line. War is imminent. Before the battle Capitano has one more story to tell of his past “heroism”, but this time could his “braggadocio” blow up in his face placing the lives of himself and his army in danger?

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh: 17 – 18 October 2008

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen: 20 October 2008

Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld: 22 October 2008

Mull Theatre, Tobermory: 29 October 2008

Chapiteaux Turbulents, Paris: 23 January 2009

Scottish Youth Theatre @ The Old Sheriff Court, Glasgow: 05 – 06 November 2009  

Howden Park Centre, Livingston: 10 November 2009 

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh: 13 -14 November 2009 

Il Panico di Pantalone


“Crystal has chosen five performers to play traditional commedia roles in a bright and brave double bill that features young love crossed by lustful old age in the first half, and a harsh satire against the lethal pomposities of war in the second. This firm, tightly-focused comic framework seems to free the performers to display far more of their own personalities and comic flair, with Nicola Tuxworth in particularly impressive form as mischievous Arlecchino and the boastful Capitano. There’s also a superb supporting turn from leading musicians Robert Pettigrew and John Sampson in a show that suggests Clark Crystal’s time at Lung Ha’s has produced some genuinely exciting results.”

Joyce McMillan – The Scotsman




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