The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

27 September 2024 - 29 March 2025

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Step into the adventure

In one of the greatest operas ever written, the dashing prince Tamino is on a quest to find love and happiness. With the bird-catcher Papageno at his side and armed with a magic flute, he must battle trials, tribulations and an evil sorcerer to rescue the imprisoned Pamina. Yet just when success seems within reach, the Queen of the Night has a final surprise in store…

The Magic Flute is the ideal introduction to opera for everyone, packed with fantasy, romance and daring. James Brining’s production, Colin Richmond’s shape-shifting design and Mozart’s musical fireworks make for a dizzying, magical ride through a world where nothing is quite as it first appears.

“… 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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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.


British Sign Language Introduction

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.

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 (6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 Mar)

A woman with long curly hair.
Nazan Fikret

Queen of the Night (12, 13, 15, 22 Feb, 27, 29 Mar)

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 woman with long dark hair looking into the camera.
Charlie Drummond

First Lady

A woman with blonde hair.
Kathryn Sharpe

Second Lady

Hazel Croft
Hazel Croft

Third Lady

A man with short hair wearing a shirt with an open collar.
Satriya Krisna

First Armed Man

A man with short hair and a white shirt.
Tom Smith

First Priest

Richard Mosley Evans
Richard Mosley-Evans

Second Armed Man

A bald man in a t-shirt.
Paul Gibson

Second Priest

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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