The Magic Flute

London Coliseum, London

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Simon McBurney’s five-star production of The Magic Flute returns to English National Opera.

Mozart‘s timeless classic follows the adventures of Prince Tamino and the bird-catcher Papageno on their quest to rescue Pamina.

Regarded as one of the greatest and most popular operas ever written, this wonderfully theatrical and imaginative staging from Complicite artistic director Simon McBurney incorporates live sound effects and breathtaking animations help bring this captivating tale to life.

The cast includes Lucy Crowe as Pamina and Rupert Charlesworth singing Tamino, alongside Thomas Oliemans, as Papageno. They are joined by company favourite Brindley Sherratt as Sarastro and the sparkling coloratura of Julia Bauer as the manipulative Queen of Night. Conductor Ben Gernon, Principal Guest at the BBC Philharmonic, makes his ENO debut.

The Magic Flute plays a limited season from 14 March 2019 until 11 April 2019 at the London Coliseum.


The Magic Flute explores the search for true love and enlightenment as the royal prince Tamino and the bird-catcher Papageno find themselves caught in the middle of a mighty battle between Sarastro, the leader of a priestly community, and the manipulative Queen of Night.

A malicious serpent. An evil sorcerer who is holding a beautiful princess captive. A dark queen with manipulative motives. And three testing trials of his courage and virtue. What else must Prince Tamino overcome in his quest for love, light and wisdom?


The cast features Rupert Charlesworth (Tamino), Lucy Crowe (Pamina), Thomas Oliemans (Papageno), Brindley Sherratt (Sarastro), Julia Bauer (Queen of Night), Jonathan Lemalu (Speaker), Daniel Norman (Monostatos), Eleanor Dennis (First Lady), Samantha Price (Second Lady), Katie Stevenson (Third Lady), Rowan Pierce (Papagena), David Webb (First Priest/First Armed Man) and David Ireland (Second Priest/Second Armed Man).


Conducted by Ben Gernon, directed by Simon McBurney, associate director and movement by Josie Daxter, set design by Michael Levine, costume design by Nicky Gilliband, lighting design by Jean Kalman, revival lighting design by Mike Gunning, video design by Fin Ross, sound design by Gareth Fry and translation by Stephen Jeffrey’s.


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Performance dates
Booking to 11 April 2019

Important Notes

Important Info:  All productions are sung in English.  Running Time: 2 hours 55 minutes

Venue Information

London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176
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