Madam Butterfly at the London Coliseum

London Coliseum, London
Booking to 7 July 2016
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Madam Butterfly at the London Coliseum

Madam Butterfly is one of opera’s most enduring tales of unrequited love. With its breathtaking mix of cinematic images, traditional Japanese theatre, colourful costumes and stunning sets, Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning production has been hailed as ‘the most beautiful show of the year’ (Sunday Telegraph).

Richard Armstrong conducts Puccini’s heart-rending score. The superb cast is led by American soprano Rena Harms as Butterfly and British tenor David Butt Philip in his role debut as Pinkerton

Akhnaten plays a limited season from 16 May 2016 until 7 July 2016 at the London Coliseum.


Day after day, week after week, month after month, she waits for him. She knows that a love as perfect as hers, as pure and powerful, could never fail to bring him back, across the ocean. He will return. She is sure he will. One fine day.


The cast includes Rena Harms (Cio-Cio San), David Butt Philip (F. B. Pinkerton), George von Bergen (Sharpless), Pamela Helen Stephen (Suzuki), Alun Rhys Jenkins (Goro), Matthew Durkan (Yamadori), Samantha Price (Kate Pinkerton) and Mark Richardson (The Bonze).


Directed by Anthony Minghella, with revival direction and choreography by Sarah Tipple, Madam Butterfly is conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong with set design by Michael Levine, costume design by Han Feng, lighting design by Peter Mumford and revival choreography by Anita Griffin.


‘Ravishingly beautiful’ Evening Standard
‘Incomparable and unmissable’ The Independent

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 7 July 2016

Important Notes

Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes Important Info: Sung in English with lyrics projected above the stage.

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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