La petite bohème

Saturday 12 February 2022

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This Valentine’s weekend, wrap up warm and be transported to a crisp, winter evening in Paris with this animated re-imagining of Act III of Puccini’s best-loved opera La bohème, projected onto the wall of Leeds Playhouse.

Once madly in love, Rodolfo and Mimì have fallen on hard times – Mimì’s illness is getting worse and Rodolfo is driven to jealousy and rage. Can their love survive the harsh winter?

Matthew Robins’ unique animated retelling of Act III of La bohème captures the emotion and humour of Puccini’s classic opera. Featuring a soundtrack recorded by the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and four soloists, this 20 minute animation will delight both lovers of La bohème and opera newcomers in equal measure and is the perfect companion to any romantic night out.

Suitable for adults and children alike, your ticket includes a pair of headphones supplied by Opera North to allow you to be fully immersed in this magical outdoor experience.

Fancy making an evening of it? Opera North’s sizzling ★★★★ (The Times) production of Carmen – a world where desire and hot-blooded passion reign supreme – will take to the stage just a 7-minute walk away at Leeds Grand Theatre at 7pm, plus don’t forget to grab a hot drink at the Playhouse.


Start times
5pm, 6pm, 7.15pm

Running time
Approximately 20 minutes 

Sung in Italian with English titles

Age guidance
Suitable for all ages


Further information

Venue information: Leeds Playhouse Garden

The event will take place outside Leeds Playhouse in the area at the foot of the steps in the garden area adjacent to the Playhouse cafe entrance. The gardens are a mix of hard standing and grass. Please look out for the Opera North events team who will be there to assist you. View on map »

Access information:

The screening is for a standing audience and is fully accessible. To book for a free qualifying essential companion ticket, contact the Box Office on 0113 223 3600 or

COVID-19 information:

The event will be screened in conditions which will enable audiences to socially distance. Issued headphones will have been sanitised in advance of the screening and will be issued with disposable covers. If you would like to use your own headphones, a limited number of audio receiver packs per screening are available. Please get in touch with the Opera North Box Office by phone or email to organise this. Please note these do not work with wireless headphones. Please read our COVID-19 audience guidance for further information.

La petite bohème

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