The Bartered Bride returns this Autumn! Discover five things about the piece, its music and its history that you never knew... Read More
18 Oct - 27 Nov 2014
Mařenka and Jeník are in love, but her father wants her to marry the son of the wealthiest man in town. In the end, youth and cunning outsmart age and power, and the constraints of rural life are thrown off for a while when the circus comes to town.
Smetana is best known for his symphonic poem Ma Vlast (My Country). His music for The Bartered Bride abounds with freshness and vitality, its energy generated by bold contrasts of mood and atmosphere, the exuberance of its folk-like rhythms and the catchiness of its tunes.
Daniel Slater’s colourful production has been enthusiastically received by both audiences and critics:
‘If you want to introduce someone to the delights of opera, this is the one to take them to.’ Sunday Telegraph, 1998
‘Daniel Slater’s updating of Smetana’s sentimental comedy first appeared in 1998 and is one for all the family, with its all-dancing verve and second-half circus interlude, which gets the evening’s biggest cheer.’ The Times, 2004
Audio Described Performance
Wed 29 October. Audio Description by Vocaleyes including a touch tour of the set and cosumes at 5.45pm. Limited capacity, to book for audio description and touch tour call 0113 22 33 590. Tickets £13.50 Essential companion free.
Sung in English
Performance lasts 2 hours 45 minutes
Resources for schools
If you attended our schools performance or would like information on using The Bartered Bride in the classroom, download our schools Resource Pack and Lesson Plans here.
'Slater has assembled a vocally powerful new cast that fully explores both the satirical and emotional sides of the piece'
'The principals are without exception excellent and impeccably well matched...The orchestral “lollipops” emerge as glittering showpieces, infused with local colour and that spirit of “Czechness”.'
'...one of Opera North’s strongest casts to date'
'If you are new to opera, or have a friend that fancies dipping their toes in the vast operatic sea, this is the show for you. Truly endearing, funny, colourful and overall really quite hopeful, Opera North are triumphant once more.'
One of the frothiest, funniest things this company has produced [...] as an introduction to the pleasures of opera, you’d struggle to find a show as engaging as this.
Under Anthony Kraus the orchestra kicks off with a sparkling treatment of the overture and never lets up [...] this is as entertaining a version of Smetana's opera as you could wish.
We caught up with the cast, chorus, circus perfomers and creative team of The Bartered Bride during rehersals for Act III, and here's what we saw... Read More
46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre
The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.
Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.
Box office: 0844 848 2720
Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
100 Grey Street
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.
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.
Box office: 0115 989 5555
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
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.
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.
Enjoy a special 2 or 3 course meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. To make a reservation call: 0113 2428094
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