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5 Feb - 17 Mar 2012

This touching story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world. This exquisite production, with its beautiful set and costumes, intensifies the emotion in an already heartbreaking opera.

Sung in Italian with English titles
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

What the critics say

...the Japanese textures never soupy, more like a clear, palette-cleansing bowl of miso.

The Guardian - Full Review ›

Best of all, the young Italian conductor Daniele Rustioni shapes the music with irresistible energy and sensibility. He could well be the next Antonio Pappano.

The Times - Full Review ›

As for Anne Sophie Duprels, returning to the title role, it would be hard to find, or even imagine, a more thoroughly committed rendering of it.

The Independent - Full Review ›

Stewart is so physically engaging – young, attractive, smiling – that you feel reluctantly inclined to sympathise with him. He also knows how to act, and his voice is young enough, fresh enough to make him credible.

Arts Desk - Full Review ›

  • Pinkerton RAFAEL ROJAS (ex 17 March)
  • Pinkerton NOAH STEWART (17 March)
  • Sharpless PETER SAVIDGE
  • Suzuki ANN TAYLOR
  • Kate Pinkerton MARIBETH DIGGLE (5 (4pm), 8, 11, 14, 18 February)
  • Kate Pinkerton ERICA ELOFF (21, 24, 28 February; 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 17 March)
  • Bonze JAMES CRESWELL (ex 13, 15, 17 March)
  • Bonze ANDREW GREENAN (13, 15, 17 March)
  • Prince Yamadori PAUL GIBSON
Creative Team
  • Conductor WYN DAVIES (ex 8, 13, 17 Mar)
  • Conductor MARTIN PICKARD (8, 13,17 Mar)
  • Director TIM ALBERY
  • Costume Designer ANA JEBENS
  • Lighting Designer PETER MUMFORD
  • Choreographer MAXINE BRAHAM

Click on the venue below to plan your visit.

Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

Important Information

Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office. 
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service. 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request. 
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels.  

Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!


We have teamed uo with Issho to complete your evening with this Little Greats taster menu, featuring a selection of expertly prepared Japanese dishes, exclusively available for Little Greats ticket holders. Minimum 2 persons, £25 per guest. All dishes will be served in order. Includes a glass of wine or prosecco. 

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Ham & Friends

Ticket holders for Opera North and Howard Assembly Room performances get 10% off food on presentation of ticket or access to an exclusive pre-theatre menu at Ham & Friends, a recently opened kitchen and wine bar in the Grand Arcade, just around the corner from Leeds Grand Theatre. Ticket holders also receive a free glass of prosecco on spending £15 per head. 

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The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

Download Menu | Book via email or call 0113 242 8094 and quote 'pre-opera menu'

Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

Download Menu | Book online or call 0113 220 6060

The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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Theatre Square

Important Information

Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal

By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 


Discover exciting pre-theatre dining options for Nottingham Theatre Royal

Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

Important Information

Box office: 0843 208 6000 

There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. 

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/


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100 Grey Street

Important Information

Box office: 08448 112121


Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.

The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.


Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.

Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.


The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.


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Grand Canal Square
Dublin 2

Important Information

Getting there

Car: Click here to download our Travel Map (PDF)

Parking: Grand Canal Square car park, managed by Q-Park is open. Customers are advised to pre-book their parking spaces and you can reserve a parking space on the Q-Park website.

There is a €10 rate (6pm – Midnight) at the Convention Centre’s car park which is only 410m from the theatre and there are 320 spaces. www.ccdparking.ie

There is also limited on street parking. Other car parks are available at: Connolly Station, the NCI, Dawson Streetand Setanta place (off Nassau Street).

Taxi: The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is located at Grand Canal Square, just off Macken Street/Cardiff Lane, Dublin 2. All taxis will know where we are!

Train: The closest intercity rail station is Connolly Station and is approximately 20 mins walk from the theatre.

Bus: Routes 1, 2, 3, 47, 50, 56a, 77 and 77a all operate to either Pearse Street or Grand Canal Dock, the closest stops to the Venue. The last buses departs at 23.30 hrs, Mon – Sun.

Luas: The closest Luas station is Mayor Square on the Red Line.

DART: The closest DART stations are Grand Canal Dock and Pearse Street Station (both approx 10 mins walk from the theatre)

What you say

Comment from Guest


Guest said ago

Just left the theatre, travelled up from Cardiff for this performance and I still have tingling in my arms. Anne Sophie was the best Cho Cho San I have ever seen or heard. The voice was perfect, always vulnerable even when seemingly in control. Her characterization and subtle playing with the shoes, perfect. Well done all. Off to Norma tomorrow and really excited after the quality of tonight's offering by Opera North?

Comment from Jeimuzu22


Jeimuzu22 said ago

Duprels and Taylor both absolutely fantastic in this production. The set and costumes were both excellently interpreted. I saw it back in November and loved it!

Comment from Owen Wells


Owen Wells said ago

Simply the best Butterfly I have ever seen.

Comment from novice


novice said ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the performance.Thought Cio Cio San's change in demeanor from Japanese bride to American's wife was both subtle and sharp, and have never seen such a hard working Suzuki. The set was clever, but I worried over the stone step, (as, so it seemed, did the cast). A brilliant night.

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Did You Know?

The hit musical Miss Saigon is inspired by Madama Butterfly. Though the setting has been moved to the Vietnam War, the story of love and betrayal remains the same.

Offers & Discounts

Leeds Grand Theatre

Any Day

Income support, pension credit, JSA £10 stalls tickets

Family Ticket
50% off for up to 4 under 18s with each adult ticket booked

Groups of 10 or more
20% off plus one free seat for organiser

Monday to Friday

Under 26 and full time students £10 stalls tickets
Retired over 60 10% off
Leeds Card holders 10% off

On the Day
Day tickets – 30 tickets available on the day at 20% off from 9.30am. Best available seats.
Saturday Standby tickets – 25% off to concession holders from 9.30am. Best available seats, proof of status must be shown. 
Maximum 2 tickets per person. 
Available by phone 0844 848 2722 or in person only

BSL interpreted performances
Tickets £13.50 for the deaf or hard of hearing. 
Seats for BSL users have been set aside in the most appropriate areas of the house, please ask the Box Office when you book. 
For more information phone: 0113 22 33 500 or text: 07531 043 671.

Audio described performances
Tickets £13.50 for blind and visually impaired patrons, set aside in the most appropriate area.

Disabled people
25% off (essential carer free).

To book for a performance and touch tour please contact Opera North on: 0113 22 33 500.

The Lowry, Salford Quays

Family Ticket 
With every adult ticket purchased up to four under 16s go half price

Groups of 10 or more
£4 off per ticket + 1 in 10 tickets free. No booking fee

Tuesday to Friday

Full time students £10 stalls tickets with relevant ID

Audio described and BSL interpreted performances
Tickets £15 for visual/hearing impaired patrons, set aside in the most appropriate area.

No booking fee will be charged
Not available online.

Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Tuesday to Thursday

Under 18s 50% off (excludes Gallery)
Students, over 60 and Unwaged £2 off (excludes Gallery)

On the Day 
Standby tickets from 9am 
Concessionary patrons half price
Under 25 £5 (not applicable to gallery seats)

Not available online.

Audio described and BSL interpreted performances
50% off for visual/hearing impaired patrons (set aside in the most appropriate area).

No booking fee will be charged
Not available online.

Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Adult Groups of 8+
20% off

Disabled People
50% off + one essential companion free

On the Day
Standby tickets from 6pm
Under 26 £5 any available Stalls seat
There are 24 tickets available to concession holders for £10 each (max two per person).

Discounts Tuesday - Friday
Under 18 & Registered Unwaged 50% off
Students 25% off
Retired over 60 10% off
School Groups 50% off in the balcony for 10+. One free teacher place per 20 pupils booked.

Audio described and BSL interpreted performances
50% off for visual/hearing impaired patrons (set aside in the most appropriate area)

No booking fee will be charged
Not available online.

All offers and discounts are subject to availability, do not apply for tickets for £5 and under, may be withdrawn and cannot be applied retrospectively. Only one discount per ticket. Proof of status must be shown.


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