The Cunning Little Vixen School Matinees

Leoš Janáček | Suitable for Upper KS2-3

6 February - 29 March 2023

Dates & venues

This performance is only available for school groups

The Cunning Little Vixen provides an enchanting and engaging introduction to the world of opera for upper KS2 and KS3 school pupils. 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 and English. 

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
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • Hull New Theatre

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Booking deadline
Friday 13 January 2023 

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About The Cunning Little Vixen  

A Forester captures a young Vixen and takes her home as a pet for his children. But when she is harassed by the Forester’s amorous dog, and tormented by the children, she escapes back into the wild. There, the Vixen meets a Fox and has a family, but later she is shot dead as she fends for her cubs. Her children survive, however, and the opera ends in an affirmation of the power of nature to renew itself.

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 book a place for the online workshop in January 2023. 

Booking deadline
Friday 13 January 2023

The Cunning Little Vixen - School Matinees & Online Workshop Package

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