A bewitching coming-of-age adventure

The Magic Flute is an epic tale about growing up, finding your way in the world and learning to love. Join Prince Tamino on his quest to rescue Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night held captive by the Priest of the Sun. But his mission soon becomes a journey of discovery, for nothing – not even Day and Night – is quite as it first appears…

Adventure jostles with dark fantasy, comedy collides with powerful drama, and all to Mozart’s miraculous music. Popular songs are mixed with stirring choruses, arias of heart-melting beauty with dazzling vocal pyrotechnics.

Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining, together with Set and Costume Designer Colin Richmond, conjure up a Magic Flute that is a feast for the ears and for the eyes.

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Price
From £15 to £75*

Running Time
Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Language
Sung in English

*Prices vary by venue. Booking fees may apply.

What the critics said...

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

— The Telegraph

“The conductor, Robert Howarth, keeps the music tripping along perkily…Samantha Hay impressively nails the piccolo notes as the Queen…”

— The Times

“Mpofu and Kang are excellent as the central couple: he sounds entirely at ease; Mpofu is an exemplary Mozartian, with sumptuous tone and exquisite phrasing.”

— The Guardian

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.

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.

Cast

Vuvu Mpofu

Pamina (Leeds, Salford)

Ellie Laugharne

Pamina (Newcastle, Nottingham)

Kang Wang

Tamino

Samantha Hay

Queen of the Night

John Savournin

Sarastro

Gavan Ring

Papageno

Amy Freston

Papagena

Lorna James

First Lady

Helen Evora

Second Lady

Amy J. Payne

Third Lady

John Findon

Monostatos

Dean Robinson

Speaker

Stuart Laing

First Armed Man

Richard Mosley-Evans

Second Armed Man

Ivan Sharpe

First Priest

Paul Gibson

Second Priest

Creative team

Robert Howarth

Conductor (ex 19, 23 Mar)

George Jackson

Conductor (19, 23 Mar)

James Brining

Director

Colin Richmond

Set & Costume designer

Chris Davey

Lighting designer

Douglas O'Connell

Video designer

Tim Claydon

Choreographer

Accessible information

The following audio notes give detailed information about the story, the sets and costumes, the cast list, and the dates and venues of the performances. These are 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!

Schools' matinees

Visit our dedicated Schools page for more information about Schools’ matinee performances of The Magic Flute and download the Schools resource pack.

Specially devised for younger audiences, this fully staged, shortened version of Mozart’s enchanting fairy tale is a wonderful introduction to opera for KS2-4 pupils and teachers alike.

Hundreds of children attend a schools' matinee performance at Leeds Grand Theatre © Tom Arber

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