Wolfgang Mozart

The Magic Flute

An enchanted journey into the heart of love

Simon McBurney’s five-star production of The Magic Flute returns to the ENO, promising an evening of magic, romance and timeless music.

Mozart’s classic follows the adventures of Prince Tamino and the bird-catcher Papageno on their quest to rescue Pamina. Their search becomes one for truth and reason, love and enlightenment. Nothing is quite what it seems in this surprising, fantastical journey.

To help them on their way, Tamino and Papageno are given musical instruments enhanced with magical powers. And these prove invaluable. The travellers have a series of trials and tribulations to conquer to find a deeper understanding of true love and happiness.

The cast includes Norman Reinhardt making his ENO debut as Tamino alongside David Stout as Papageno. They are joined by former ENO Harewood Artist Sarah Tynan as Pamina and the fiery coloratura of ENO debutante Rainelle Krause as the manipulative Queen of Night. The ENO Chorus and Orchestra are conducted for the first time by Erina Yashima.

A collaboration with Complicite. Co-production with Dutch National Opera and the International Festival of Lyric Art, Aix-en-Provence

The role of Sarastro is generously supported by Mark Tousey and the American Friends of ENO.

‘A fabulous evening's entertainment’

Daily Express

'Spectacular effects'

The Stage

‘Startling humour and theatrical wizardry'

The Observer

‘This production has the best staging of Pamina and Tamino’s trials by water and fire that you’ll see.’

The Times

Running Time
2hrs 55mins

There is one interval.


We have an Access Scheme for our audiences with a disability, a health condition, or different access needs to ensure everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

Tickets start at just £10 plus £3.75 booking fee and £1.50 building levy per ticket. A maximum of £10.50 per transaction is charged. PLEASE NOTE: ALL UNDER 21s AND UNDER 35s TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT FOR THIS PRODUCTION.
Sung in English with the words displayed above the stage (Surtitles)

Age guidance: 5+.
This production contains references to suicide using hanging and the use of a gun. For further content information, read our Production Guidance.

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

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The Magic Flute FAQs

The running time of a performance of The Magic Flute at the London Coliseum is roughly 2hrs 50 mins with one interval. To experience Mozart’s masterpiece, book tickets here. 

A blend of fantasy, comedy, and romance, The Magic Flute is an easy opera that’s perfect for newcomers. The fairy-tale-like storyline makes it simple to follow and is more engaging for those who are not familiar with typical opera formats. The combination of a variety of characters and a colourful and imaginative production, produces a relatable and enjoyable experience for newbies. 

The production of The Magic Flute at the ENO is performed in English, with the words displayed above the stage in surtitles. Originally, the opera was created to a German Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder and is still commonly performed in the German-speaking regions. 

The Magic Flute contains some Masonic themes and symbolism, such as the use of the number three, the All-Seeing Eye, and ritualistic elements. However, the opera was never officially presented as a Masonic work and clearly draws from other sources too, such as folklore. 

In terms of opera style, The Magic Flute is referred to as a Singspiel – a German language comic opera with singing and dialogue. Arguably one of the most popular operas of the genre, The Magic Flute features comedy and fairy-tale themes, and is overall light-hearted.