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Clonter hopes that you will be able to join us in celebrating our 40th Anniversary year. We have a more diverse programme than ever before, and very much hope that you can find something to suit your taste.

Clonter Opera Theatre, at the heart of the countryside, captures the drama and glamour of a night at the theatre but with a twist – combining performances with either a 70 minute supper/picnic interval, or a pre-performance supper, all in a converted barn in Cheshire, North West England.

This delightfully quirky venue contains a 400 seat auditorium with adjoining bar and dining areas; offering the option of formal dining, ready made canapé baskets or you can bring your very own interval feast to be eaten at an indoor picnic table.

Clonter also has its own highly regarded residential opera studio which is a springboard for up and coming opera stars to gain further experience and work with top music and stage directors. See those stars now as they embark on their opera career – a list of past performers reads like a 'Who's Who' of some of the biggest names in opera today.


2014 marks Clonter's 40th anniversary. We very much hope you will be able to join us at one of our 2014 events.

We have come a long way since the strawbales!

“The List of those who have sung there since 1974 reads like a Who’s Who of current casts in our (and Europe’s) leading companies.”

"When the history of the development of operatic performance in Britain since 1945 is written, Clonter will deserve much more than a footnote” MICHAEL KENNEDY, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

It's not just rising stars from the world of opera you can now hear at Clonter. Folk and Jazz concerts also showcase some of the nation’s finest emerging talent.

School’s Platform Concerts provide a wonderful opportunity for the work of many a budding choir, composer, designer, performer and back stage crew, to be seen and heard.

If you would like to help us mark this momentous landmark, and secure a future for Clonter, by either becoming a Friend, Sponsor or a volunteer, please email

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