La traviata: Relaxed and Dementia-friendly

Giuseppe Verdi

Monday 24 October 2022

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Enjoy a performance of La traviata in a relaxed environment.

Our relaxed performances ensure a theatre that is inclusive and welcoming for all. The performances are designed for people who may make spontaneous noises, need to leave and return to their seat or access the toilets during the performance, and who may find a traditional theatre setting with complete silence and darkness hard to cope with. This could include people living with dementia, anxiety, Tourette’s, bowel and bladder conditions, autism spectrum conditions, or learning disabilities.

This performance is also sign interpreted.

You can contact our friendly box office team with any questions, to book by phone or to request extra space next to seats on 0113 223 3600 or boxoffice@operanorth.co.uk

You can also book using this booking form.

Price
£15. For every 10 tickets booked get 1 free.
Venue
  • Leeds Grand Theatre

Start time
2.30pm

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Language
Sung in Italian with English titles and sign interpreted

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About La traviata

Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life, and circumstances conspire to force her to sacrifice what may be her only chance of real love.

Verdi poured some of his most heartfelt music into this intimate story of family tensions, blighted love and a society rotten with hypocrisy. The result is one of opera’s most profoundly moving masterpieces, both angry and tender.

Director Alessandro Talevi and designer Madeleine Boyd (The Turn of the Screw, Don Giovanni) set this riveting production of La traviata in Belle Époque Paris.

“As performances go, this one takes some beating.”
★★★★ — The Guardian (2014)

“…brilliantly staged… Talevi’s direction makes the action fly.”
★★★★ — The Arts Desk (2014)

What to expect

  • Bright lighting and loud noises will be reduced.
  • The lights in the theatre will remain on low.
  • A relaxed attitude to people leaving and returning whenever they need to.
  • An information pack will be sent in advance with an easy-to-read synopsis and guide to the theatre.
  • Quiet spaces will be available if people need a break.
  • There will be clear signs and friendly staff on hand to help.
  • You can ask to have empty seats around your booking.

Cast & creative

Alison Langer

Violetta Valéry*

Black and white headshot of Maire Flavin
Máire Flavin

VIOLETTA VALÉRY†

Black and white headshot of Nico Darmanin
Nico Darmanin

Alfredo Germont*

Black and white headshot of Oliver Johnston
Oliver Johnston

Alfredo Germont†

A man wearing round glasses and a flat cap.
Damiano Salerno

Giorgio Germont*

A man with a short beard wearing a white shirt.
Stephen Gadd

Giorgio Germont†

Amy J Payne

ANNINA

A man with short hair wearing a blazer and tie.
Gavan Ring

GASTONE

James Cleverton

BARON DOUPHOL

Matthew Stiff

DOCTOR GRENVIL

Victoria Sharp

FLORA BERVOIX

Nicholas Butterfield

MARQUIS D’OBIGNY

Black and white headshot of Jonathan Webb
Jonathan Webb

Conductor

A man with short dark hair and light blue eyeliner.
Manoj Kamps

Conductor

Alessandro Talevi

Director

Madeleine Boyd

Set and Costume Designer

Matthew Haskins

Lighting Designer

A woman with dark hair.
Victoria Newlyn

Choreographer

* 29 Sep, 1, 25, 29 Oct, 1, 3, 8, 11, 16 Nov
† 30 Sep, 2, 24, 27 Oct, 2, 10, 15, 17 Nov

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