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The Nightingale of South Bank

Friday 15 February 8.00pm

The Nightingale of South Bank

*** Recommended age is 10+ ***

Florence Easton was born in 1882 South Bank, Middlesbrough. After training at the Royal Academy at the turn of the 20th century, she went on to become one of our most versatile English opera singers and became known professionally as “The Nightingale of South Bank”. Working with companies both in England and abroad Florence settled in America after the start of World War 1.

In 1918 At the Metropolitan Opera, New York she created the role of Lauretta in the world premiere of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, making her the first soprano ever to sing the famous aria “O Mio Babbino Caro”. Helena Leonard sings many of Florence’s famous arias from operas including Madame Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, Aida, Tosca and many more as she tells you the fascinating story about the varied career of Florence Easton, “The Nightingale of South Bank”. 

Written by Sarah Nelson

Musical Director: Carl Penlington-Williams

Originally devised by Rebecca Little and Helena Leonard


“What an innovative idea to tell the story of Florence Easton’s remarkable life using both

narrative & arias from some of her greatest roles sung by Helena."…“Excellent voice,

projection and passion (might have been at Covent Garden)…”


“Thank you for introducing me to Florence Easton in such an enchanting way."…


"Neither of us is an opera "buff" and we thoroughly enjoyed tonight's show..."


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Ticket Prices

  • Tickets: £15.00
  • Concession: £13.00

PREMIUM seats £2.00 extra

Registered unemployed and full-time (FE/HE) students: £7.00

£1 off full price and standard concessionary tickets for Leisure Plus cardholders

Group Booking discount available (One in every ten free)

Part of the Pick 'n' Mix Season Ticket offer

Children under 2yrs are admitted free when sitting on laps. All other children of 2yrs and over will not be admitted without a paid ticket. But please be aware that this particular show carries a recommended age of 10+

A £1.50 fee is applicable per transaction