The Flying Dutchman

Wednesday 28 June - Sunday 23 July

In partnership with OperaUpClose we are delighted to present a brand new interpretation of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.

Newly re-imagined for our times, poet and novelist Glyn Maxwell’s English libretto with award-winning Laura Bowler’s 8-piece chamber orchestration, depicts an island nation struggling with its identity in a world of displaced people. This production features recordings of community choirs from across the UK alongside a cast of internationally renowned opera singers and players.

Generously supported by Arts Council England, Backstage Trust, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation (London Performances), The Kobler Trust and The Flying Dutchman Syndicate.

Many thanks to The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust & Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation for their support in making this happen.

Dates and Venues

  • 28 June, 30 June & 1 July Turner Sims, Southampton Book Here
  • 4 July &  5 July SS Great Britain, Bristol Book Here SOLD-OUT
  • 7 July & 8 July Worthing Pavilion, Worthing Book Here
  • 12 July Grand Junction, London Book Here SOLD-OUT
  • 13 July Grand Junction, London Book Here SOLD-OUT
  • 14 July Grand Junction, London Book Here SOLD-OUT
  • 18 July & 19 July  Trinity Market, Hull Book Here
  • 22 July & 23 July  Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool Book Here


  • Wagner The Flying Dutchman

Creative Team

  • New Orchestration Laura Bowler
  • New English Vesion Glyn Maxwell
  • Music Director Timothy Burke
  • Director Lucy Bradley
  • Set & Costume Designer Ana Inés Jabares-Pita
  • Associate Music Director Robin Wallington


  • Starlight Philippa Boyle
  • Captain Dee Timothy Dawkins
  • Helm/Mari Carolyn Holt
  • Mariner Pauls Putnins

Associate artists

  • Annie George
  • Catherine Hooper
  • Toki Hamano
  • Masimba Ushe

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