If you go down to the woods today, you might find a pure-hearted prince and his feathered sidekick en route to rescue a damsel in distress, a queen atop her starry throne; mysterious temples, dancing bears and a levitating picnic. If in danger, just follow the sound of the flute.
In today’s technology-soaked world, it’s rare that anything off-screen entrances a child for more than a few minutes.
But look around at a performance of Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute, and you’ll see children captivated.
Utterly still, utterly silent (this is, when they’re not chortling with laughter or gasping with surprise).
That’s because The Magic Flute is like nothing they’ve ever seen before. The stage is alive with colour and movement, the music is enchanting, the movement is magical.
From Monostatos’ grotesque nose to the Queen of the Night’s shimmering wings, everyone and everything that appears on stage is larger than life.
As in a Pixar film, this production brilliantly balances visual stimulation with amusing dialogue in a charming English translation. The result is a pantomime of brilliant colour, set to Mozart’s timeless music. Don’t miss the incomparable Emma Matthews in her role as the Queen of the Night.
Perhaps all you need to fire a child’s imagination is a little old-fashioned theatrical magic.
Princes and magic and bears, oh my!
|Originally directed by||Julie Taymor|
|Set Designer||George Tsypin|
|Costume Designer||Julie Taymor|
|Puppetry Designers||Julie Taymor
& Michael Curry
|Lighting Designer||Gary Marder|
|Original lighting design||Donald Holder|
|Original choreography||Mark Dendy|
|Translation by||JD McClatchy|
|Queen of the Night||Emma Matthews**
|1st Lady||Jane Ede**
|2nd Lady||Sian Pendry|
|3rd Lady||Dominica Matthews|
|1st Priest||Malcolm Ede|
|2nd Priest||Benjamin Rasheed|
|1st Armoured Man||Dean Bassett|
|2nd Armoured Man||Adrian Tamburini*
* all performances except January 3, 10, 15, 17.
** all performances except January 3, 10, 23.
The Magic Flute is suitable for children aged 8+.
Performed by arrangment with The Metropolitan Opera, publisher and sole copyright holder.
Running time: approximately 2 hours, including one 20-minute interval.
Performed in English with surtitles.