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How the Whale Became

Ted Hughes’s magical stories are transformed into a captivating new Royal Opera commission by Julian Philips and Edward Kemp.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of How the Whale Became. It was last on stage 6 December 2013—4 January 2014 as part of the Autumn 2013/14 season.


Have you ever wondered why whales are so huge? Why foxes are crafty or why polar bears have white coats? The answers to all these questions and more are found in this enchanting family opera by composer Julian Philips and librettist Edward Kemp, based on Ted Hughes’s well-loved story collection The Dreamfighter and Other Creation Tales.

The Linbury Studio Theatre will be transformed into a magical world by director Natalie Abrahami and designer Tom Scutt. A diverse ensemble of singers and musicians will bring to life witty and irreverent tales that are sure to keep everyone, from ages five and over, engrossed and delighted.

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