Madam Butterfly

    About

    Sung in English, with a new orchestration for 13 players, Tobacco Factory Theatres were delighted to be co-produce with Opera Project, one of the UK’s leading touring opera companies.

    Puccini’s hauntingly beautiful Madame Butterfly captures the imagination and enters the soul like no other.

    Cio-Cio-San, a young geisha girl, has fallen for Pinkerton, a suave American Naval Officer. Giving up all she has, she marries him, only for Pinkerton to then abandon her. Left alone for three years bringing up their son, she patiently waits. But when her husband finally returns, her hopes for their future together are cruelly dashed.

    One of the most popular and best-loved operas in the repertoire. In Madame Butterfly Puccini took a seemingly simple story and, with his unique lyricism, expressive richness and taut sense of drama, created an undisputed masterpiece that punches an emotional impact of extraordinary power rarely experienced in theatre.

    Immerse yourself in Puccini’s glorious music, up close and personal. Don’t forget your tissues.

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    additional information

    Archived show. To book any of our productions please contact Kerrie Burke-Avery, Producer, on 0117 963 0963 or email kerrie@tobaccofactorytheatres.com

    RUNNING TIME 2hr 30 (inc. interval)
    AGE RECOMMENDATION 12+
    ORIGINAL VENUE Factory Theatre

    Cast & Creative

    Creative team

    Music – Giacomo Puccini
    Libretto – Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa
    Translation – Amanda Holden
    Reduced Orchestration & Conductor – Jonathan Lyness
    Direction & Design -Richard Studer
    Lighting Design – Matt Graham
    Repetiteur – Alice Turner
    Orchestra Manager – Tony Best
    Wardrobe – Bianca Ward
    Puppet Maker – Mark Parrot
    Puppet Training – Cheryl Brown

    Cast

    Goro – Stephen Anthony Brown
    Cio-Cio San – Catriona Clark / Stephanie Corley
    Bonze – Julian Close
    Kate Pinkerton / Aunt – Joanna Foote
    Sharpless – Craig Smith
    Cousin – Emily-Jane Thomas
    Mother – Jennifer Walker
    Commissioner / Yamadori – Owen Webb
    Suzuki – Miranda Westcott

    orchestra

    Violin 1 – Catherine Black
    Violin 2 – Lisa Betteridge
    Viola – January Tewson
    Cello – Kay Thomas
    Double Bass –   Antonia Bakewell
    Flute / Picc –    Nicki Barnes
    Oboe / Cor – Rosalie Watson
    Clarinet – Julia Holmes
    Bassoon – Alexandra Callannan
    Horn – Mark Kane
    Trumpet – Gavin Wells
    Harp – Kate Pearson
    Percussion – Jeremy Little

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    Reviews

    It’s clear that there are no limits to the emotional intensity of this exhilarating production

    Reviews Hub

    This production offers much to delight

    Stagetalk Magazine

    A tremendous musical treat. All in all I would class this as an excellent evening’s entertainment and would advise anyone who can to go and see it

    Whatsonstage

    Another crisp, elegant, atmospheric rendering

    Bristol 24/7

    This was a performance to satisfy the senses, raising goose-bumps and shivers throughout… a magical and exquisite evening of spine-tingling opera

    Intermission Bristol