The Magic Flute


Invited behind the velvet rope at London’s most exclusive club, Tamino doesn’t have time to stop for beggars, paparazzi, or even his girlfriend Pamina.

Going to bed after a blazing row later that night, this ordinary couple relive the events and encounters of the evening in dreams made extraordinary by the lateness of the hour, their befuddled senses, and yes, a touch of magic.

Following their hugely popular and critically acclaimed re-imaginings of operas including Tosca and Don Giovanni, OperaUpClose return to Soho Theatre with this bold new take on a classic. With magic supplied by Glyn Maxwell’s mischievous poetry, Alex Beetschen’s witty orchestration and Valentina Ceschi’s theatrical creativity, this production will re-invent The Magic Flute in fabulous new robes for the era of Trump and recessions, casting rays of light and love into the darkness.

Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

Creative Team

Orchestrator: Alex Beetschen
Librettist: Glyn Maxwell
Musical Director: David Keefe
Director: Valentina Ceschi
Set and Costume Designer: Emma Bailey
Lighting Designer: Zoe Spurr

Meet the Cast

Pamina: Susie Buckle & Abigail Kelly
Papageno: Peter Brathwaite & Tom Stoddart
Queen of the Night: Fleur de Bray & Luci Briginshaw
Papagena: Felicity Buckland & Rosie Middleton
Sarastro: Julian Debreuil & Lancelot Nomura
Tamino: Lawrence Olsworth-Peter & Peter Kirk

(Click on the images below to read our cast's biographies!) 

Rehearsal Images

Beginners Guide to Opera: The Magic Flute

Wed 6 September - Sat 7 October
7pm (Thu & Sat 2pm matinees)

Tickets £10 - £36

Soho Theatre
21 Dean Street
London W1D 3NE
Box Office: 020 7478 0100

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On Tour

Mansfield Palace Theatre
Sun 15 Oct

Nuffield Southampton Theatres
Tue 17 Oct

Square Chapel, Halifax
Sat 21 Oct

Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Tue 31 Oct

Harrogate Theatre
Sat 4 Nov

Wycombe Swan
Wed 8 Nov

Malvern Theatres
Sat 11 Nov

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Fri 24 Nov

Hawth Theatre, Crawley
Sat 13 Jan

Derby Theatre
Fri 19 Jan

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