A Little Night Music

Stephen Sondheim

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A chance meeting between ex-lovers sparks a game of romantic musical chairs over a weekend in the country, as hopelessly mismatched couples find themselves confronted by their own vanities and deceptions.

Glistening with wit and romance, Sondheim’s tantalising tale flirts with musical theatre and opera, and includes the classic song ‘Send in the Clowns’.

This new production is the latest collaboration between Opera North and Leeds Playhouse following the critically acclaimed Into the Woods (2016). Dame Josephine Barstow stars as Madam Arnfeldt, while Quirijn de Lang and Stephanie Corley, last seen together as sparring partners in Kiss Me, Kate, are Frederik and Desiree.

Featuring Opera North’s award-winning Chorus and directed by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director James Brining, expect a glorious evening that is heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Book by Hugh Wheeler

Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman | Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

£14 - £55*

An Opera North and Leeds Playhouse co-production

*booking fees may apply

Read our Digital Programme here.


Stephanie Corley

Desiree Armfeldt

Quirijn de Lang

Frederik Egerman

Corinne Cowling

Anne Egerman

Laurence Kilsby

Henrik Egerman

Dame Josephine Barstow

Madam Armfeldt

Amy J Payne


Christopher Nairne

Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm

Helen Évora

Countess Charlotte Malcolm

Gillene Butterfield *

Mrs Nordstrom

Miranda Bevin †

Mrs Nordstrom

Molly Barker *

Mrs Segstrom

Amy Freston †

Mrs Segstrom

Claire Pascoe *

Mrs Anderssen

Hazel Croft †

Mrs Anderssen

Dean Robinson *

Mr Lindquist

James Davies †

Mr Lindquist

Tim Ochala-Greenough *

Mr Erlanson

Stuart Laing †

Mr Erlanson

Ivan Sharpe


Warren Gillespie


Kathryn Stevens


Sarah Blood



James Brining


James Holmes


Oliver Rundell**


Madeleine Boyd

Set & Costume Designer

Chris Davey

Lighting Designer

Lucy Hind


Seb Frost

Sound Designer

† Cast members will perform on:

29 June, 2, 3, 9, 10, 14, 15 July

*Cast members will perform on:

26, 30 June, 1, 7, 8, 16, 17 July

** 29 June, 8 July (evening), 9 & 10 July (matinee & evening), 17 July (matinee)

A Little Night Music

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