The Magic Flute Lite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

20 February - 20 March 2025

Dates & venues

A 90-minute version of The Magic Flute based on James Brining’s production. A delight for all ages, this production is perfect for families, schools and anyone who’d like to enjoy a shorter version of the opera.

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.

Experience this timeless story and the beauty of Mozart’s miraculous music with the same production quality and the full orchestra and chorus – only shorter!

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

Running time
90 minutes including one interval

Language
Sung in English with English subtitles

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*Prices vary by venue. Booking fees may apply.

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When can I book?

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

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

Newcastle
Patrons and Friends On sale
All tickets on sale 25 April

Story

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.

Despina persuades Fiordiligi and Dorabella to see the strangers once more. Admitting that there is an attraction, they speculate over which of the new men they would choose. Each unwittingly wants the other woman’s real-life love.

Guglielmo finds Dorabella surprisingly easy to win over. Fiordiligi has more willpower, but her attraction to Ferrando leaves her in an agony of guilt.

The two men compare notes. Guglielmo gloats, but Ferrando is sickened that he has been betrayed — deceived by Dorabella, and also rejected by Fiordiligi. Alfonso goads him into one last attempt, and this time Fiordiligi’s resolve crumbles. Guglielmo is appalled. Both he and Ferrando admit that Don Alfonso was right: così fan tutte – all women are the same.

The sisters are ready to marry their new lovers (with Despina disguised as a lawyer) when they hear the sound soldiers returning. Their panic turns to shock when they finally realise that the foreign strangers were Guglielmo and Ferrando all along! Don Alfonso has won his bet.

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The Magic Flute in a nutshell

The Magic Flute in a nutshell

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Cast & creative

Cast to be announced

Black and white headshot of David Cowan
David Cowan

Conductor

Oliver Rundell

Adapted by

A woman with shoulder length dark hair.
Deborah Cohen

Adapted by

A woman with long curly hair.
Lauren Poulton

Revival Director

James Brining

Based on production by

Colin Richmond

Set and Costume Designer

Chris Davey

Lighting Designer

Douglas O’Connell

Video Designer

Jeremy Sams
Jeremy Sams

Translation

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