Scottish Opera: Bluebeard's Castle and The 8th Door

Wed 5 & Sat 8 April | Festival Theatre


Duration: 2 hours (including 20 minute interval)

Ticket prices

General from: £19 - £82.50*


We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to the Festival and King's Theatres.

A new co-production with Vanishing Point

Supported by Scottish Opera’s New Commissions Circle

Bartók’s beautiful, mysterious opera is staged in collaboration with visionary Scottish theatre company Vanishing Point, and directed by its founder Matthew Lenton. Making full use of his talent for visually compelling storytelling, Bluebeard is presented alongside The 8th Door, a new music theatre work he has co-created with Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson. They explore the ‘before’ of Bluebeard’s gruesome story – creating an ambitious double bill to enthral and intrigue.

"Bluebeard was very innovative for its day; what better way to complement it than to create an equally ground-breaking piece for our own era?" Matthew Lenton & Liam Paterson

The music of Bluebeard contrasts the powerful intimacy of just two singers with huge orchestral forces – delivering a wealth of textures and soundscapes, from the spine-tingling to the truly unsettling. Internationally acclaimed stars Karen Cargill andRobert Hayward sing Judith and Bluebeard. Sian Edwards (The Rake’s Progress 2012) conducts both works.


Bluebeard’s Castle

Conductor Sian Edwards                                              
Matthew Lenton           

Set, Lighting & Projection Design Kai Fischer                                                                     
Costume Design Jessica Brettle

Bluebeard Robert Hayward
Karen Cargill

Sung in Hungarian with English supertitles


The 8th Door

Conductor Sian Edwards

Conceived and Directed by Matthew Lenton

Composer Lliam Paterson

Co-created by Matthew Lenton & Lliam Paterson

Set, Lighting & Projection Design Kai Fischer

Costume Design Jessica Brettle

World premiere

 * Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund.  An 80p handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.


Friends £3 off (excl. Fri & Sat)

Groups (8+) £6 off (Stalls & Dress, excl. Fri & Sat)

Concessions £3 off (excl. Fri & Sat)

Under 26 £10 (with valid ID)