Production Manager

Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose are looking for an experienced Production Manager to join the team on their new English version of Puccini's Madam Butterfly in association with the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.

The production will premiere at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry on 24 January 2019, then transfer to London for a four-week run at the Arcola Theatre (6 Feb - 2 Mar 2019) and continues touring across the UK throughout the year (from 4 March 2019).

One of the best-loved operas of all time, Madam Butterfly’s glorious music and tragic heroine have enchanted audiences for more than a century. This ground-breaking reimagining of Puccini’s masterpiece will be told from a female, East-Asian perspective, performed by a diverse-led cast of talented singers and musicians.

We’re looking for someone with good experience of managing mid-scale touring opera and theatre productions, with a strong understanding of the challenges and requirements needed for a touring set. The ideal candidate will also have strong financial, technical and organisational skills, as well as a good mind for paperwork.

Please send a cover letter (maximum 500 words) and CV to Amy at before 10am on Thursday 28 June. Interviews will take place on Monday 2 July in East London.

Job Description

Job title:
Production Manager

Puccini’s Madam Butterfly


Reports to:

Key Dates:
19 Jun – 22 Jun 2018
Research & Development Rehearsals
Aug 2018 (tbc) White Card Presentation
2 Oct – 4 Oct 2018 Research & Development Rehearsals
October 2018 (tbc) Set build at Belgrade Theatre’s Workshop
10 Dec 2018 – 19 Jan 2019 Rehearsal Period (no rehearsals between 23 Dec – 6 Jan)
21 Jan – 24 Jan 2019 Production week at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, UK (schedule tbc)
w/c 4 Feb 2019 Production week at Arcola Theatre, London, UK (schedule tbc)
4 Feb – 2 Mar 2019 Performance Period at Arcola Theatre, London, UK
11, 12 or 13 Feb 2019 (tbc) Press Nights at Arcola Theatre, London, UK

Key Duties

  • Oversee and coordinate all aspects of physical production and production process
  • Supervise and oversee all production staff, technical teams and crew
  • Facilitate communication between designers, directors and staff; and organise regular production meetings with the creative team
  • Facilitate communication between the theatres’ technical teams and the production team
  • Communicate regularly with the Producer on schedule and budget updates
  • Ensure the production process remains on schedule and within budget
  • Provide cost estimates on designs submitted and account for commitments and expenditures in budgets for materials and labour in scenic, stage, lighting, sound and special effects
  • Establish technical schedules and coordinate all activities related to the production including scenery construction, property construction, painting, maintenance and improvements
  • Ensure the production delivered is suitable for touring within the parameters agreed
  • Contribute to the project evaluation     

Hours of work

  • It is understood that working arrangements will be flexible and subject to negotiation between the parties.

Person Specification


  • Experience of production management in a theatre environment, ideally opera and/or music theatre
  • Experience of production management for a mid-scale touring production
  • Excellent understanding of sound, lighting and staging systems
  • Experience of operating lighting desks
  • Experience of managing and delivering a production budget
  • Experience directing and leading technical teams, crew, creative teams and carpenters
  • Working knowledge of current Health and Safety legislation
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload effectively
  • Ability to work independently and to deadline
  • Excellent team worker
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • A proactive and flexible approach


  • Full, clean driving licence (held for at least two years)
  • Experience of driving a Luton van
  • Ability to read music