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Friends – who’d have ‘em?

This was probably one of the less offensive thoughts to go through Falke’s mind when he woke up on a bench with a killer hangover. Dressed as a bat. His ‘good friend’ Eisenstein thought it would be hilarious to abandon him here after partying the night before, leaving him to face a very long walk of shame. It’s been a long time coming, but tonight’s the night for Falke to get his revenge, at the most glamorous party of the season. Where there’ll be champagne. Lots of champagne. What could possibly go wrong?

‘Die Fledermaus’, or ‘The Bat’, is the jewel in the crown of the real King of the Waltz: Johann Strauss. The tunes stay with you forever. The humour is wicked. The atmosphere indulgent. It is a farce about men taking liberties, women taking control, and the dangers of dressing up as a bat.

Sung in English in a brand new translation by Walter Sutcliffe and Meredith Oakes.

See what some of our audience thought here:

View the trailer here:

Watch behind-the-scenes interviews filmed by the Arts Council of N.I. here:

Free pre-show talk for ticket holders: 45 minutes before the performances on 17th, 19th and 21st September in The Baby Grand on the first floor of the Grand Opera House, Judith Wiemers, NI Opera’s Dramaturg, will discuss the musical perks and quirks of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus; its historical background and the NI Opera production


Charity Gala Performance: Sunday 15 September 6pm

Die Fledermaus will open with a very special charity gala performance, where £10 from each premium ticket sale will be donated to our chosen charity for the event, the Welcome Organisation, who support those experiencing homelessness in Greater Belfast.

Grand Circle tickets will include admission to a champagne and canapé post-show reception; a limited number of reception tickets will also be available for standard ticket holders to purchase via the box office. We are delighted that Terri Hooley, legendary icon of the Belfast music scene will D.J. the aftershow party.

Follow this link for ticket options for the Charity Gala Performance:  

Dress code for Gala Reception: Black Tie


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Stephan Loges
Ben McAteer
Maria McGrann
May McFettridge
Denis Lakey
John Porter
Alexandra Lubchansky
Dawn Burns
Conor Breen
Mark Pancek

Creative Team

Walter Sutcliffe
Gareth Hancock
Set and Costume Designer
Andrea Kaempf
Lighting Designer
Kevin Smith
Jennifer Rooney
Video Designer
Luis Poveda
Keith McAlister
Assistant Director
Kate Guelke
Assistant Conductor
Jonathan Lakeland