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The Moon Hares

London, Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall £2.50 - £5

James Redwood music
Hazel Gould libretto

Be bewitched by a magical family opera about community, identity, freedom and safety.

Inspired by the music of Henry Purcell, The Moon Hares tells the story of a village where the Mayor forbids the residents from going out at night or looking up at the stars.

When a new teacher arrives, she discovers that the village is filled with ancient magic. Any person who goes out at night and looks at the moon is turned into a hare until morning. They can live the life of a wild animal, exploring nature and the night.

But when the children discover the truth, it’s only a matter of time until the mayor discovers that his rules are being broken and the people must decide between safety and freedom.

Featuring music from Purcell’s opera Dioclesian, new music by James Redwood and a story by Hazel Gould, it’s performed by four singers and an orchestra of 20 musicians, together with primary students, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) students and community choirs from across London.

Principal Funders

Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund
Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund
Orchestras Live
Orchestras Live