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Madame Butterfly

Be swept away by one of Northern Ballet’s best loved productions as innocence, love and betrayal unfold in the picturesque gardens of a Japanese house.

Butterfly is fragile, unworldly, and prepared to sacrifice everything for the love of the handsome American, Lieutenant Pinkerton. He deserts her only to return years later with his new wife. Abandoned and betrayed Butterfly is left with only one honourable course of action.

Michela Paolacci as Butterfly. Photo Merlin Hendy. Georgina May & Tobias Batley as Kate & Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. Photo Merlin Hendy. Pippa Moore as Butterfly with Christie Duncan as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly. Photo Merlin Hendy.

Above photos feature Northern Ballet Dancers in Madame Butterfly taken by Merlin Hendy. See more photos from Madame Butterfly...

East meets West as Northern Ballet Sinfonia play Puccini’s beautiful score, interspersed with traditional Japanese music, as the Company blend classical ballet with Japanese-inspired dancing.

Book now for your opportunity to see why Northern Ballet’s heartbreakingly beautiful Madame Butterfly is considered a classic by audiences and critics alike.

Ayana Kanda and John Hull as M Butterfly and Pinkerton. Photo Jason Tozer. Ayana Kanda as M Butterfly. Photo Jason Tozer. Ayana Kanda as M Butterfly. Photo Jason Tozer.

Above photos feature Ayana Kanda as Madame Butterfly and John Hull as Pinkerton. Photos by Jason Tozer.

Creative Team

  • Choreography and Design Concept David Nixon
  • Music by Giacomo Puccini
  • With Orchestration by John Longstaff
  • Lighting Design by Peter Mumford
  • Scenic Design realised by Ali Allen

Past performances

Theatre Dates

Nottingham, Theatre Royal

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Manchester, Palace Theatre

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Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre

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Leeds, Grand Theatre

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Beijing, National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Shanghai Grand Theatre

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Beijing, Poly Theatre

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Hangzhou Grand Theatre

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Wuxi, Grand Theater

Manchester, Opera House

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London, Sadler's Wells

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Belfast, Grand Opera House

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Nottingham, Theatre Royal

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Edinburgh, Festival Theatre

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Bradford, Alhambra Theatre

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Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre

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Norwich, Theatre Royal

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Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre

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Manchester, Palace Theatre

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Inverness, Eden Court Theatre

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Aberdeen, His Majesty's Theatre

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Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre

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Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre

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High Wycombe, Swan

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This is listing of past performance of this production, here for archive purposes only.