13 October 2017
Our Autumn Season is coming to a close here at our home in Cardiff, but once the 14 October has passed, where do our trio of Russian Revolution operas, plus the comic classic Die Fledermaus, head to next?
Well, our trucks roll out of here and on to Southampton where we open at Mayflower Theatre on Wednesday 18 October – the first stop on our tour, and we continue until our final performance on Saturday 2 December at New Theatre Oxford. In between we will have travelled back to Wales, Venue Cymru in Llandudno to be precise, over to Birmingham, then to Liverpool, before heading south again, stopping off at Bristol before arriving at the last stop, Oxford in December. Take a look at the venues’ pages to find out more about which opera is on when, near you.
At every venue we offer free pre-performance talks (ticketed in advance via the venue ticket offices) an hour or so before the curtain goes up, given by Hedd Thomas, our Nicholas John Dramaturg. During these talks Hedd will discuss the origins of the opera, along with an outline of the production you are about to see.
Each season we are also committed to audio describing one opera and providing an accompanying touch tour to enable our audience members with visual impairments a greater understanding of the production. This Season it is Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and more info on where you can watch it with live audio description can be found here.
If you’re looking for something a bit different to the opera performances, then our VR experience, Magic Butterfly is also on the road in its bespoke shipping container to give you more chance to try out our virtual versions of two opera arias. Catch it during our run at Birmingham Hippodrome between 31 October and 4 November, when it is open in the three hours before the performance. When we are in Liverpool (9 – 12 November), our container will be placed at Liverpool Dock and will be open during the day. The container ends its journey at the V&A in London, adding an extra dimension to the ‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ exhibition for a few days in January (19 – 21).
The last thing to note, before you join us out on tour, is that you can buy your programme in advance – just give us a call on 029 2063 5030 and we will pop one in the post.