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The Prodigal Son

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Sunday 15 August 2021

The Courtyard at Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

Sung in English

Opera on Location are delighted to return to live performances this summer, with an exciting modern adaptation of Debussy's award-winning one-act opera; The Prodigal Son

It is a hot summer's day and whilst preparing to celebrate her 50th birthday, Lia laments the breakdown of her family. She reflects on the rift between her husband, Siméon, and her son Azaël, who left home after his parents rejected him when he came out.  However, at this special milestone in his mother's life, Azaël has decided it is time to return and confront his parents. Whilst Lia is overjoyed to have her son back home, both she and Azaël are worried that Siméon will not be as welcoming.

After winning the composition competition the Prix de Rome in 1884, The Prodigal Son was re-orchestrated before receiving its world premiere as part of the Sheffield Music Festival in 1908, conducted by Sir Henry Wood.


Opera on Location are thrilled to be working with Sheffield based orchestrator and arranger George Morton to create a new orchestration. This stunningly poignant production will be accompanied by a 10 piece ensemble.

Claude Debussy


Debussy was born into a modest family with very little to do with the arts however, he showed so much ...

Box Office

For this event we are only accepting pre-bookings. Tickets will go off sale two hours prior to the start of each performance.

Please be aware that The Prodigal Son is an all weather event and will take place come rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. Regrettably tickets are non-refundable.

  • The Prodigal Son (12.30pm)
    Kelham Island Museum
    15 Aug, 12:30
    Kelham Island Museum, Alma St, Sheffield S3 8SA, UK
  • The Prodigal Son (2.30pm)
    Kelham Island Museum
    15 Aug, 14:30
    Kelham Island Museum, Alma St, Sheffield S3 8SA, UK
  • The Prodigal Son (4.30pm)
    Kelham Island Museum
    15 Aug, 16:30
    Kelham Island Museum, Alma St, Sheffield S3 8SA, UK
  • The Prodigal Son (6.30pm)
    Kelham Island Museum
    15 Aug, 18:30
    Kelham Island Museum, Alma St, Sheffield S3 8SA, UK

Covid-19 information

Your safety and comfort are really important to us. We are following the latest government guidance and safety measures to ensure the best possible experience for audiences, artists.

Here's how we're keeping everyone safe:

  • This summer production will take place outside

  • Seating will be unallocated, with the majority of seating either on picnic benches or around small tables, for your group

  • We will ensure there is more seating available than tickets sold for the event, to allow for distancing

  • We will open to audiences 30 minutes before the performance time. Please arrive in good time to secure the seats you desire!

  • Can't join us in person? We're providing access to a digital version of our production so that you can watch from your home on demand. This service will be available after our live performances have taken place. Full details of how to watch will be available on our website in due course

If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Cast and Creatives

The Location

Kelham Island Industrial Museum

Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8SA

The museum opened in 1982 to house the objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield’s industrial story. Located in one of Sheffield’s oldest industrial districts, Kelham Island Museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old.