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Madam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly
  • Production: Madam Butterfly
  • Company: King’s Head Theatre
  • Venue: King’s Head Theatre
  • Year: 2017
  • Author: Amanda Holden
  • Directed by: Paul Higgins
  • Composer : Giacomo Puccini
  • Lighting Design by: Nic Farman
  • Costume Design by: Emily May Sions
  • Design © Luke W. Robson
Japanese schoolgirl culture, or Joeshi-kosei is huge in Japan. But is it harmless fun or sexual exploitation? Butterfly is a Japanese teenager trapped working in a maid's cafe in 21st Century Nagasaki. She has a chance to change her life when she meets an American Lieutenant. She believes they are marrying for love. Can she become a real wife in the eyes of this man, who sees her as a temporary plaything? Puccini's Madam Butterfly is a lyrical and poignant tragedy set to some of the most famous and moving music ever written.