The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

27 September 2024 - 29 March 2025

Dates & venues

Enter an enchanted world and join Prince Tamino on his quest to rescue Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, held captive by Sarastro, the Priest of the Sun.

Tamino is accompanied by Papageno, a bird-catcher, who is also on a quest – to find himself a wife, his Papagena. But their mission soon becomes a journey of discovery, for nothing – not even Day and Night – is quite as it first appears.

The Magic Flute is a delight for audiences of all ages. Mozart’s miraculous music mixes popular songs with stirring choruses, arias of heart-melting beauty with dazzling vocal fireworks. Celebrating the power of music and imagination to reconcile seeming opposites, James Brining’s production is the ideal introduction to opera for everyone.

“… it’s a good-looking show, colourfully designed by Colin Richmond and making imaginative use of Douglas O’Connell’s video”
– The Telegraph

From £16*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Newcastle Theatre Royal
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham
  • Hull New Theatre

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes including one  interval

Sung in English with English subtitles

BSL interpreted and audio described performances

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Leeds and Bradford packages
Full Season Package renewals On sale
Patrons On sale
Friends On sale
All packages on sale 24 April

Leeds and Bradford single tickets
Patrons 9 May
Friends 16 May
Groups, U30s & Schools 28 May
All tickets on sale 29 May

Nottingham, Salford and Hull
Patrons and Friends On sale
All tickets on sale 24 April

Patrons and Friends On sale
All tickets on sale 25 April


It is night time, and a young girl is swept away by the power of her imagination into a world where nothing is as it first appears…

Here she finds Tamino, a handsome prince who is also lost in this strange land, and is being pursued by a monstrous serpent. Three mysterious women appear, who are servants of the Queen of the Night, and slay the monster. Afterwards, they give Tamino a portrait of the Queen’s daughter, Pamina, and he falls instantly in love, vowing to rescue her from the evil Sarastro, Priest of the Sun, in whose faraway Temple she has been imprisoned. The three women give Tamino a magic flute to help in his quest and with the aid of a bird-catcher, Papageno, Tamino journeys to Sarastro’s temple and meets Pamina for the first time.

Tamino learns that it is not Sarastro who is evil but the Queen of the Night and that Pamina was only being held to keep her hidden from her mother. Sarastro gives Tamino a new quest; he must now undergo a series of trials to prove himself worthy of Pamina’s love.

Using the power of the magic flute, Tamino and Pamina are able to overcome their trials and earn the right to be with each other. At the moment of their success, the Queen of the Night arrives with her servants to storm the temple and destroy it, but Sarastro appears and defeats them, casting them out. The sun rises on a new era for the united heroes.

Audio introduction

This audio introduction gives detailed information about the story, the sets and costumes.

It is to aid customers who are blind or partially sighted. Please note, the story and the details of the sets and costumes contain spoilers, so avoid them if you would prefer not to know what happens!

large print transcript of the audio introduction is available to download.

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The Magic Flute in a nutshell

The Magic Flute in a nutshell

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Cast & creative

*September – November
**February – March

Claire Lees


A woman with should length curled hair.
Soraya Mafi


A man wearing a shirt with long dark hair.
Egor Zhuravskii


A man with short hair and a beard.
Trystan Llŷr Griffiths


A woman with short dark hair wearing bracelets.
Anna Dennis

Queen of the Night

A man with short hair wearing a shirt and blazer.
Msimelelo Mbali


A smiling man with short hair.
Justin Hopkins


Emyr Wyn Jones
Emyr Wyn Jones


A woman with dark hair wearing a pearl necklace.
Pasquale Orchard


A man wearing a shirt with short hair.
Colin Judson


A man with curly ginger hair and a beard.
Andri Björn Róbertsson


A man with short hair and a shirt.
Christoph Koncz

Conductor* (Ex. 9 & 16 Nov)

Oliver Rundell

Conductor* (9 & 16 Nov)

A man in a white shirt with short hair.
Patrick Lange


A woman wearing large earrings.
Emilia Hoving


James Brining


Colin Richmond

Set & Costume Designer

Chris Davey

Lighting Designer

Douglas O’Connell

Video Designer

A man with a light beard wearing a t-shirt.
Tim Claydon


Jeremy Sams
Jeremy Sams

English translation

The Magic Flute

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