The Cunning Little Vixen School Matinees

Leoš Janáček | Suitable for Upper KS2 upwards

6 February - 29 March 2023

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Schools’ Matinee performance…

The Cunning Little Vixen provides an enchanting and engaging introduction to the world of opera for school pupils in upper KS2, and KS3. Our school matinee performances may be the first time some children will have visited a theatre to hear a live orchestra, giving them an inspiring educational experience. 

Supercharge the learning opportunities with our free wraparound learning packs which provide information and resources to use in the classroom, covering curriculum subjects including Music, Drama, Art, English, Science and History.

Schools also have the option to book to attend an online interactive music and drama workshop in January 2023. Available for just £50 per school, the workshop will explore the music, plot and characters in Janáček’s opera, led by a vocal animateur and drama practitioner from Opera North’s Education team. 

“I’d like to come back and see another opera because Hansel and Gretel’s story was amazing, so I hope other stories will be amazing like that as well.”

Pupil, White Laith Primary School, Leeds (Hansel & Gretel School Matinee, 2017) 

£8 (incl VAT) per matinee ticket | £50+VAT per school to access the online workshop

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Age guidance
10+. Please be aware of some mild language and adult themes. Contact our Box Office for more information.

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About The Cunning Little Vixen  

Be transported to the forest and follow the enchanting tale of Vixen Sharp Ears. Captured by a Forester as a young cub, Sharp Ears dreams of freedom and escapes to take on the world. As her mischief unfolds, all the creatures of the forest come to life and rebellious hens, delicate dragonflies and playful squirrels help her on her journey.

This bittersweet fairy tale celebrates the cycle of life and the connection between the human and animal worlds. Janáček’s playful folk-infused melodies which burst with energy, alongside the colourful costumes and engaging storyline, make this a thrilling outing for school groups.

Inspired by the sights and sounds of Janáček’s native Moravian countryside, this colourful production vividly evokes both the human and animal worlds without a trace of sentimentality.

Originally a co-production between Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera. 

How to book

Matinee tickets

Monday 6 February 2023, 1pm Leeds Grand Theatre  Leeds Opera North Box Office, 0113 223 3600
Wednesday 8 March 2023, 1pm The Lowry, Salford Quays  The Lowry, Salford Quays Group Sales, 0343 208 1850
Wednesday 15 March 2023, 1pm Nottingham Theatre Royal  Nottingham Theatre Royal Box Office,  0115 989 5555
Wednesday 22 March 2023,  1pm Newcastle Theatre Royal Newcastle Theatre Royal Group Sales, 0191 232 7010
Wednesday 29 March 2023, 1pm Hull New Theatre  Hull New Theatre Box Office, 01482 300306

Online workshop
Please contact to purchase access to the online workshop. It will introduce your students to the story of The Little Cunning Vixen through singing and drama activities. To give you an idea of what this might entail, have a look at our Story Wooooshhhhhhh accompanying resource

The Cunning Little Vixen - School Matinees & Online Workshop Package

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