Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly has been a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000. Foregoing sentimentality to create a rich cast of characters with unflinchingly human characteristics, his production lays bare a hugely atmospheric, poignant story that still has the power to affect, over a century after it was first performed.... Read more >>
Running time: 2h 40m
Revival of the 2000 production
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw
Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly has been a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000. Foregoing sentimentality to create a rich cast of characters with unflinchingly human characteristics, his production lays bare a hugely atmospheric, poignant story that still has the power to affect, over a century after it was first performed.
Cio-Cio-San, a young girl living in Nagasaki, has fallen for Pinkerton, a reckless American naval officer stationed near her home. Despite her family’s objections, she gives up all she has to marry him, but he soon abandons her to return to America. When he returns three years later she is still patiently waiting, willing to do whatever is needed in the name of love. But ahead lie only betrayal and heartbreak.
Puccini’s sense of theatre is second to none and Butterfly sees him doing what he does best - painting beautifully exotic pictures in sound that are dramatic, often hauntingly lyrical, and full of emotion. Korean soprano Hye-Youn Lee, one of The Independent on Sunday’s Faces to Watch in 2013, and Anne Sophie Duprels (Manon 2009) share the role of Butterfly. José Ferrero (Tosca 2012) is Pinkerton.
Conductor Marco Guidarini
Original Director Sir David McVicar
Revival Director Elaine Kidd
Designer Yannis Thavoris
Original Lighting Paule Constable
Revival Lighting Robert B Dickson
Movement Director Namiko Gahier-Ogawa
Cio-Cio-San Hye-Youn Lee/Anne Sophie Duprels
Suzuki Hanna Hipp
Pinkerton José Ferrero
Sharpless Christopher Purves/MarcinBronikowski
Goro Adrian Thompson
The Bonze Jonathan May
Kate Pinkerton Catrin Aur
Prince Yamadori Andrew McTaggart
There are no booking fees for this production.
However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £2.85 Transaction fee.
All Super Seats include choice of nibble box, welcome drink and programme or theatre gift.
There are two wheelchair spaces and four transfer seats available in the stalls of the Theatre Royal.
We have an infra-red audio enhancement system in the auditorium. Patrons can choose between a headset or a necklace depending on their hearing needs. These are available from Front of House staff in the foyer. There are two devices available:
Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control.
Headset This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.
There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor of the Theatre Royal.
Glasgow City Council operates a supervised 24hr, pay-on foot (credit cards accepted) multi-storey car park one block from the theatre in Cambridge St. Parking after 6pm costs £1.50 and this charge entitles you to park until 9am the following day. Leave the car park on foot by the Cowcaddens Rd exit, follow Cowcaddens Rd for one block and the Theatre Royal is on your right. If you have an orange or blue badge you can park free of charge for as long as you wish in surrounding Pay & Display spaces. There are other car parks at Dundasvale and Concert Sq. Eastbound on the M8 Exit at J19 and follow signs for the City Centre. At the 1st set of traffic lights turn left into Pitt St. At the 2nd set of traffic lights turn right into West George St. Turn 1st left into Douglas St then continue (Blythswood Sq on your right) until you reach Sauchiehall St, having crossed both West Regent St and Bath St. Turn right into Sauchiehall St, then left into Rose St at the beginning of the pedestrianised area. Turn 1st right into Renfrew St then 1st left into Cambridge St. The car park is on your right. Westbound on the M8 Exit at J17. Turn left at the 1st set of traffic lights into West Graham St. Turn right at the major traffic lights into Cowcaddens Rd then first right into Cambridge St. The car park is on your left.
Queen St Leave Queen St station by the Dundas St exit (to your right from high level trains). Walk straight ahead across the taxi rank and into Dundas Lane. Turn right into Buchanan St and follow the pedestrianised area into Sauchiehall St then turn right into Hope St. The Theatre Royal is around 100yds on your right after you cross Renfrew St.
Central Leave Central station by the main entrance. Turn left into Gordon St then first right into Hope St. The Theatre Royal is at the top of Hope St 100yds on your right after you cross Renfrew St. For full timetable information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit Network Rail's website.
Leave Cowcaddens station & turn right. Walk alongside Cowcaddens Rd for around 200yds & turn right into Hope St. The Theatre Royal is in front of you.
A wide variety of local bus routes stop close to the Theatre Royal. Longer distance services arrive at Buchanan Bus Station. Leave the bus station by the clock and head up Killermont St. Turn right up Hope St and the Theatre Royal is on your right. For timetable information call Traveline on 0870 608 2608. For other bus info call 0141 423 6600 8.30am- 6pm Mon - Fri and 8.30am- 12.30pm Sat.
Coaches may drop off but not park in front of the theatre. Coach parks are located at High Street (call in advance 0141 552 7276) and Buchanan Bus Station (call in advance 0141 333 3762). Charges apply.
Book online: Use the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 7647
Customer Service: 0844 871 7627
Groups Bookings: 0844 871 7602
Access Bookings: 0844 871 7677
Stage Door / Admin:* 0141 332 3321
*please note it is not possible to assist
with bookings on this number
The box office will continue to be located in the existing foyer on Hope Street for ticket sales and collection and will open 90 mins in advance of performance start times. If you are collecting tickets, please try to arrive at the theatre in good time. We recommend that you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to curtain up to avoid queuing immediately prior to the performance. Please note ticket sales will be for that day’s performance only and not any other productions or performances.
Tickets can also be collected from the King’s Theatre box office (297 Bath Street) between 10am and 6pm Monday to Saturday.
The below applies to performances until December 2014
Access To Auditorium
Entry to all levels of the auditorium can be accessed via the existing foyer on Hope Street.
Access to upper levels
Please note that the lifts in the new foyers will not be in use until December, so access to all upper levels is via stairs only. If you have any concerns that this means that you are not able to access the seat you have booked, please contact the box office immediately on 0844 871 7602.
The stairs to the Upper Circle have been removed to enable the joining of the old and new buildings, so access to the Upper Circle will be via the Dress Circle stairs. This will be clearly sign-posted. There is no increase in the number of steps to reach your seat, but Upper Circle ticket-holders may wish to arrive a little earlier as the route to your seat will be unfamiliar.
Please note that until December customers cannot be dropped off outside the main doors of the theatre.
Unfortunately, there will be no toilets at Balcony or Upper Circle levels, but temporary toilet facilities will be provided back down on Hope Street.