Titania (Sally Dexter) in The Fairy Queen © Glyndebourne. Photographer: Neil Libbert

The Fairy Queen

Henry Purcell
Directed by Jonathan Kent

Jonathan Kent's stunning production of Purcell's epic semi-opera, The Fairy Queen, is a spectacle full of riotous fun.

Based on an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this critically-acclaimed production conjures up all the characters and enchantment one would expect from Shakespeare's forest.

Sung in English with English subtitles.

Production duration: 3 hrs 31 min

Cast & creative team


  • Soprano
    Lucy Crowe
  • Soprano
    Claire Debono
  • Soprano
    Carolyn Sampson
  • Soprano
    Miriam Allan
  • Soprano
    Anna Devin
  • Tenor
    Ed Lyon
  • Tenor
    Sean Clayton
  • Tenor
    Adrian Ward
  • Baritone
    Lukas Kargl
  • Bass
    Andrew Foster-Williams
  • Orchestra
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Chorus
    The Glyndebourne Chorus
  • Puck
    Jotham Annan
  • Drunken Poet, Bottom
    Desmond Barrit
  • Helena
    Helen Bradbury
  • Flute, Tenor
    Robert Burt
  • Snout
    Jack Chissick
  • Titania
    Sally Dexter
  • Theseus
    William Gaunt
  • Egeus
    Terrence Hardiman
  • Lysander
    Oliver Kieran Jones
  • Demetrius
    Oliver Le Sueur
  • Quince
    Paul McCleary
  • Oberon
    Joseph Millson
  • Snug
    Brian Pettifer
  • Starveling
    Roger Sloman
  • Hermia
    Susannah Wise


  • William Christie
  • Jonathan Kent
  • Paul Brown
  • Mark Henderson
    Lighting Designer
  • Kim Brandstrup