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Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri

Leigh Delamere Church, Chippenham

We perform Rossini's sparkling comedy L'Italiana in Algeri (The Italian girl in Algiers) at St Margaret of Antioch Church in the pretty village of Leigh Delamere near Chippenham.

Performance starts at 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm. Picnics beforehand in the garden of Leigh Delamere House (next door but one to the church).
Loos (trailer style) at LD House. Car Parking in field opposite LD House.

Tickets: £20-£40 to include £5 donation to TCCT and a glass of wine in the interval. Available from Mrs H Tupper at Leigh Delamere House, Chippenham, SN14 6JZ, or [email protected]

No disabled (wheelchair) access to church (steps up in gate and again into church).
Advice: bring a cushion to sit on as pews are a bit hard!



Running Time:
2 hours 15 mins (includes 20-min interval)


"beautifully sung and superbly, expressively acted"

The Times

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Venue Information

Venue Description:
A beautiful and historic church in the pretty village of Leigh Delamere. Built in 1846 on the site of a previous 12th-century church, it is dedicated to Margaret the Virgin. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building, and is now a redundant church in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

The previous church had been built around 1190, in an Early English style with some Norman features. By 1846 the church was in a dilapadated condition and it would have cost more to repair than rebuild. The new church was commissioned by Joseph Neeld and designed by James Thomson who also designed the nearby Grittleton House which is now Grittleton House School. The Gothic chancel, includes a reredos which is carved and decorated in many colours. The west window includes stained glass by Wilmshurst.
  • Picnics
  • Toilets

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