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Calvin Bowman

The Magic Pudding – The Opera

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
15 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018

Celebrating its 100th birthday

Take one true-blue Australian classic, add deliciously playful costumes with a measure of musical magic, mix in a generous helping of young talent and discover the perfect recipe for a delightful family opera.

Celebrating the centenary of Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding, Victorian Opera brings its much-loved adaptation back to the Melbourne stage, before hitting the road across regional Victoria, with a cast of brilliant emerging talent and local community choruses.

Join Albert, the walking, talking, never-ending Pudding, and his friends – penguin Sam Sawnoff, sailor Bill Barnacle and koala Bunyip Bluegum – as we celebrate an Australian family favourite with this witty and adorable production.

Composer Calvin Bowman
Librettist Anna Goldsworthy

Performance dates and times

Thursday 15 March 6:30pm
Friday 16 March 6:30pm
Saturday 17 March 1:00pm*, 5:00pm*

Running time is approximately 75 minutes with no interval.

Sung in English

Patrons' Pre-show Drinks Saturday 17 March
Tactile Tour Saturday 17 March 1:00pm, 5:00pm

*Audio described performances


Cast & Crew

Creative team

Conductor Fabian Russell
Director Cameron Menzies
Set and Costume Design Chloe Greaves
Lighting Design Peter Darby


Bunyip Bluegum Nathan Lay
Bill Barnacle Timothy Reynolds
Sam Sawnoff Brenton Spiteri
Albert the Pudding Jeremy Kleeman
Judge Carlos E. Bárcenas

Supported by a cast of Youth Artists, Youth Opera Chorus and Community Chorus


Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

Book Tickets

Subscription Prices

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2 Show Package 15% Discount Full Price $33 $28
3 Show Package 25% Discount Full Price $29 $25
4+ Show Package 35% Discount Full Price $25 $22

Single Ticket Prices - Available Monday 30 October

Price Type A-Reserve B-Reserve
Full Price $39 $34

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Key Dates 

Subscriptions on sale - Wednesday 27 September 2017
Single Tickets on sale - Monday 30 October 2017

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