Where the Wild Things Are

Mariinsky Concert Hall & Alexandra Palace Theatre, October 2019

A Fantasy Opera by Oliver Knussen, with words by Maurice Sendak

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We gave Maurice Sendak’s classic tale of imagination and escape a musical makeover in Oliver Knussen’s fantasy opera. With words by Maurice Sendak, this is the story of MAX, a boy in a wolf suit who escapes from the tedium of home life into a wild land populated by strange misfit creatures who recognise him as their King.

It made my heart sing

Neil Fisher, The Times

We performed at Alexandra Palace theatre to an audience full of local families. We also did workshops at schools in the area, and gave workshop participants free tickets to the event.

We also took it on tour to Russia, and performed at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg as part of the British Council UK-Russia Year of Music 2019.

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Production Team

Conductor                                                                Finnegan Downie Dear       

Director                                                                    Jack Furness

Designer                                                                   Hannah Wolfe

Movement Director                                                Rebecca Meltzer

Orchestra Manager & Workshop Leader             Fra Rustumji

Producer                                                                   Hanna Grzeskiewicz


Max                                                                     Rhian Lois

Mama / Tzippy                                                 Kate Howden

Wild Thing with BEARD                                   Robin Bailey

Wild Thing with HORNS                                  Benedict Nelson

ROOSTER Wild Thing                                       Nicholas Morris

BULL Wild Thing                                               Thomas Bennett