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La bohème

Better to have loved and lost than never loved at all

One cold Christmas Eve, four penniless artists – a painter, a musician, a poet and a philosopher – have their lives changed forever when they are unexpectedly visited by their neighbour Mimì, looking for candlelight. Rodolfo opens the door to be hit with a love at first sight that burns brighter than a flame.

Months later, their youthful passion is challenged by the harsh realities of life when Mimì becomes gravely ill. Rodolfo and his friends try their best to look after her but can his love prevent tragedy? 

La bohème is a tale of love, loss, rebellion and freedom and is one of opera’s most adored stories. WNO’s timeless production paints a vivid portrait of bohemian life in Paris at the turn of the 19th century, enhanced with atmospheric projections and Puccini’s gloriously romantic music. It’s guaranteed to touch your heart and make you fall in love with Rodolfo, Mimì and their friends time and time again. 

Sung in Italian, with surtitles in English.

Pre-show talk available, see the Extras tab for more details.

Running Time

Approximately two hours and 5 minutes with one interval.


Contains haze effects.

Standard Pricing
Wed & Thur 7.15pm £17 to £55
Executive Membership £6.00 off top two prices.
Young Person Under 16 £5.00 each when bought with a full paying adult, max. 4 per booking, available in all prices.
Groups (10+) £6.00 off. One free with every 20 paid, not available in top price. Not available online - please call 02380 711811.
Schools & Young People's Groups (10+) £15.00 each plus one free supervisor with every 10 tickets. Not available in top price. Not available online - please email

Discounts do not apply to lowest price unless otherwise stated.


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Not available online - please call Box Office on 02380 711811

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Accessible Performances

data-udi="umb://media/93dc57d6a2034fe393e3826c138c7f7b Touch Tour: Thursday 24 November 2022 at 5.45pm (see Extras tab for more information)
Audio Described Performance Audio Described: Thursday 24 November at 7.15pm


Pre-Show Talk

Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November 2022 | 6pm | Southampton City Art Gallery | Running Time: Approx. 30 mins

Join us for a chance to discover more about La Boheme in this question and answer session. Have a burning question that you want to ask about the production? Do you want to know about the set, the performers, what life on tour is like, or where they trained to become a professional?

Reserve a place by calling our Box Office on 02380 711811.

Touch Tour

Thursday 24 November 2022 | 5.45pm | Mayflower Theatre

We are pleased to announce there will be a 30 minute Touch Tour before the audio described performance of La Boheme. Touch Tours offer a hands-on tour of the set, props, costumes, characters and the visual style of the show, especially for visitors with visual impairments.

Touch Tours are free to all access members and companions and can be booked by phoning our Box Office on 02380 711811.