The Chimes of Normandy

A Lyric Theatre Discovery Series Production

Semi-staged, in English, with supertitles

Music by Robert Planquette

English libretto by H.B. Farnie and Robert Reece

Performances at Mountain View CPA Second Stage

500 Castro Street (corner of Mercy)

Two performances only:

  • Sat, August 5, 2017; 8 pm
  • Sun, August 6, 2017; 2pm

The Chimes of Normandy, also known as The Bells of Corneville, is the English version of French composer Robert Planquette’s first operetta.  Its London run of 705 performances exceeded that of its contemporary, H.M.S. Pinafore, and set a record lasting until 1886.  In France it has been called “the most popular French operetta of all time.”

A standard French farce filled with people who aren’t what they seem, we find Henri, Marquis of Corneville, returning to his decaying castle after several years at sea.  Two village young ladies, Germaine and Serpolette, along with miserly old farmer Gaspard and young fisherman Grenicheux complicate matters, along with a letter found in the castle revealing that an infant Vicomtesse was entrusted to Gaspard’s care years ago.  Which is it, Germaine or Serpolette?

Producer: Sharon Beltracchi
Stage Director: Laurie Hupman
Music Director: Bruce Herman



Chimes of Normandy poster