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Nelson Mandela’s life vibrantly retold on stage in two hours and three acts

If think you know Nelson Mandela – think again. In this colourful celebration of the man who touched the hearts and minds of people around the world, the amazing life of Nelson Mandela is brought vividly to the stage by Cape Town Opera on a large-scale.

Performed by a company of over 60 South African performers, this moving show charts the uplifting story of Mandela’s transformation from freedom fighter to president.

The upbeat jazz and swing-influenced songs of Sophiatown in the central section of the piece are framed on either side by musical styles more familiar in contemporary opera – with a dash of authentic Xhosa folk music that grounds the production in its African roots.

From tribal initiation rites on the banks of the Mbashe River, through the heady and rebellious jazz-fuelled days in Sophiatown; to incarceration and reflection on Robben Island and finally beyond, to freedom – this is the story of one of the world’s most iconic figures.

Listen to some songs from the show through our Soundcloud playlist.

Wales Millennium Centre and Cape Town Opera present
Mandela Trilogy
Music by Peter Louis van Dijk & Mike Campbell
Written and directed by Michael Williams featuring the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra


Prices and discounts subject to change
Discounts & Concessions


We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to Birmingham Hippodrome. For further queries on the information below please contact Ticket Sales on 0844 338 5000. Calls cost 4.5p/min. plus your phone companys’ access charge.


2 for 1 Tue 20 and Wed 21 Sep, 7.30pm price bands A+/A -C


£5 tickets
Tue 20 and Wed 21 Sep, 7.30pm price bands C-E
Subject to limited availability.


£5 off
Tue 20 and Wed 21 Sep, 7.30pm price bands A-C
Subject to availability. Valid student ID required.


Price bands A-C
8+ tickets – Save £5 per ticket
16+ tickets – Save £6 per ticket, plus 1 FREE ticket
24+ tickets – Save £7 per ticket , plus 2 FREE ticket
(includes £1 transaction fee)

Call our dedicated Group Sales Team on 0844 338 7000 or email for more information and to book now!

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£15 (including £1 transaction fee) plus 1 teacher FREE with every ten tickets purchased for all performances, price bands C-F (limited availability)

Call the Schools Hotline on 0844 338 7000 for more information and to book now
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£3 discount price bands A-C, all performances price bands A-C


£5 off each ticket in all seating areas.
2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.

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24 hours prior to a performance, best available seats for lowest price, maximum 2 per booker. Available to full-time students with valid ID (NUS/College or University card with photo and expiry date) or Passport to Leisure card holders with a valid Passport to Leisure card (with expiry date).


Discounts and Concessions are offered subject to availability at the discretion of the Information and Sales Manager. Top three price bands only, unless otherwise stated. Restrictions may apply. Only one discount per ticket may apply, unless otherwise stated. Offers are non retrospective and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid ID must be presented where applicable. Additional discounts may be offered from time to time.

Food & Drink

Seasonal menus

Browse through a programme and enjoy attentive service and superb, seasonal food a few steps from your seats in our AA Rosette awarded restaurant.


We are sorry – StageSide is now closed.

The Coffee Bar

Our Coffee Bar is open before the show and during the interval for hot and cold drinks, snacks or a quick and tasty bite to eat.

The Bars

You’ll receive a warm welcome at our Foyer Bars, conveniently positioned for both Stalls and Circle levels.


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