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Choose to eat before 'Cheers' that's staged in theatre (8)


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'theatre' is the definition.
(I know that operetta is a type of musical theater)

'choose to eat before cheers' is the wordplay.
'choose' becomes 'opt' (both can mean to pick something).
'to eat' is an insertion indicator.
'before' becomes 'ere' (poetic term).
'cheers' becomes 'ta' (both can mean thank you).
'opt' enclosing 'ere' is 'operet'.

'that's staged in' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for operetta that I've seen before include "work of note" , "Eg, Die Fledermaus" , "Light musical drama" , "piece of music?" , "some music theatre" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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