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Thu 8 Nov, Sat 10 Nov (ARCHIVED LISTING)

La bohème 
Giacomo Puccini
Further performances of this new production
Supported by the WNO La bohème Appeal 

Conductor Simon Phillippo 
Director Annabel Arden
Cast includes:
Mimi Giselle Allen 
Rodolfo Alex Vicens 
Marcello David Kempster
Musetta Kate Valentine
Schaunard Daniel Grice
Colline Piotr Lempa
Love at first sight: Mimi and Rodolfo meet on Christmas Eve, and instantly fall in love. Their happiness is short lived. Mimi’s health deteriorates and to make matters worse she must deal with Rodolfo’s growing jealousy. Their friends, Musetta and Marcello rekindle their love for each other.
However, they too quickly realise that they can’t live with or without each other. By spring both couples will have to come to terms with the fact that love cannot conquer all.
If you have experienced La bohème before, this major new production by Annabel Arden, set in the elegance of Edwardian Paris, will allow you to see this great opera with new eyes. If this is your first La bohème, this is the perfect opportunity to experience one of the greatest love stories ever sung.
• Sung in Italian with surtitles in English 

“A sparkling triumph” 5* The Telegraph

Read the full 5 Star Telegraph review HERE.

Read the 4 Star review from The Guardian HERE.

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FREE Pre-performance talks at 6.15pm
Please note that you will need a ticket to attend the pre-performance talks which can be obtained  when booking your performance tickets. The pre performance talks are free to attend however admission to the talks cannot be guaranteed without a ticket.
Thurs 8 November, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Bring your friends and family to La bohème and enjoy this perfect curtain raiser. Members of Welsh National Opera perform charming French chansons and jazz classics whilst an afternoon tea is served. 
£12 per person
Audio Description 
Audio Described performances will be preceded by a touch tour on stage. 
Saturday 10 November, 7.15pm

Thu & Sat Eves at 7.15pm


Dining at Circle
Birmingham Hippodrome’s popular restaurant, situated on Middle Circle level of the theatre foyer, is the perfect venue for a matinee lunch or an evening dinner. Come a little earlier, meet up with friends and relax over good food and a chance to browse through the programme, just a short walk from your seats in the auditorium. Click above for more details, sample menus and online reservations.

Eat and Drink at Stageside
Just over the road from our stage door on Thorp Street, StageSide is our casual, brasserie style experience with a lively bar and quick service.  Ideal as a place to meet friends before or after your Hippodrome visit, you might even bump into cast members and musicians as it’s a popular post-show haunt.  Pop in for a coffee or a drink, or a tasty dish or two from our simple modern British menu, all at attractive prices. Click above for more details and sample menus.

Indulge yourself with our mouthwatering canapés and champagne, served at your own reserved foyer table either pre-show or during the interval. To book call 0844 338 9000. Click above for more info and a sample canapé selection.

Quick Bites at Deli Bar
If you are short on time and looking for a quick and tasty bite to eat before the show, our Deli Bar offers the perfect solution. Situated on Front Circle Foyer, in front of our main entrance, the Deli Bar offers a selection of hot or cold dishes as well as a variety of delicious sandwiches, desserts, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Click above for more info.

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Sat 10 November


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