The story of Don Pasquale revolves around a classic comedic premise: a young couple in love schemes to thwart the inappropriate plans of a pompous old man, who wants to marry the girl himself.
The very elderly and very rich bachelor, Don Pasquale, has demanded that his nephew and heir, Ernesto, breaks up with his penniless widow of a girlfriend, Norina, and marry a woman that Don Pasquale has chosen. But Ernesto refuses, because he and Norina truly love one another. Don Pasquale then decides to disinherit Ernesto and get married himself. Don Pasquale's best friend is Dr Malatesta, a practical jokester, who foresees disaster and asks Don Pasquale to let him choose the bride. The young girl is not quite as she appears and the comedy begins.
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How to get there
- By train: The nearest train station is Hampton Wick - 7 minutes walk away. It connects easily with Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon and Richmond. Turn right out the station and then follow directions below as if driving from Kingston. Langdon Park is off Kingston Road, opposite Wick Road. We are in the big building on the right once you have turned into Langdon Park.
- By bus: The 281 stops outside the building, travelling from Tolworth and Kingston in one direction, and Teddington and Twickenham in the other. The 285, which links Kingston and Heathrow airport, also stops outside.
- By car: If you're driving from Kingston, drive past Hampton Wick station on the right and then take the first right after Normansfield Avenue. This isn't named on the map but is called "Langdon Park". Turn immediately right again and park in one of the spaces marked "L.D.C. Reserved Parking". Walk down the gravel path (edged with red brick) and you will come to a big red door on the left, which is the main entrance into the building. If you are approaching from the Twickenham/Richmond direction then take your first left after Holmesdale Road into Langdon Park and then carry on as above.