The Hobbit ™

The Hobbit

by Dean Burry, based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien

May 31 – June 2, 2024
Harbourfront Centre Theatre | 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

Originally commissioned and premiered by the Canadian Children’s Opera Company in 2004, and remounted in 2016, the CCOC is proud to announce the return of Dean Burry’s critically acclaimed opera The Hobbit to the stage this season!

This fast-paced adaptation of Tolkien’s classic children’s novel will be performed with a cast of over 100 children and youth, and accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

Join Bilbo on his adventure with Gandalf and his Dwarven friends, as they seek to outwit Elves, Goblins, wolves, and spiders alike in their quest to restore the Dwarf-king Thorin Oakenshield to his throne. There will be riddles in the dark, a mysterious ring, and a terrifying Dragon, Smaug, awaiting these characters as they embark on this epic journey.

Suitable for all ages.

Performance and Ticket Information


Duration: Approximately 85 minutes without intermission.


School Previews 

May 31, 2024 – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – SOLD OUT!

Public Performances 

May 31, 2024 – 7:30 p.m. Opening Night – SOLD OUT!

June 1, 2024 – 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Limited availability

June 2, 2024 – 3 p.m. – SOLD OUT!

May 31 10am, May 31 7:30pm, June 1 3pm 
Bilbo –
Leo Kemeny-Wodlinger
Thorin – Lilia Javanrouh-Givi 
Thranduil – Emma Orrell

May 31 1pm, June 1 7:30pm, June 2 3pm

Bilbo – Emma Moreau 
Thorin – Joel Glickman Rosen 
Thranduil  – Julian Eden


Public Performances: Adult – $40 + HST | Senior – $30 + HST | Youth (18 and under)/Arts Worker/School & Youth Community Groups – $25 + HST

School & Youth Community Groups which serve young people (music schools, children’s choirs, etc.) are eligible to purchase group tickets (minimum of 10) to public performances with each youth ticket costing $25 + HST. The CCOC is pleased to provide one complimentary adult ticket for a teacher/chaperone for every 10 youth School & Community Group tickets purchased. Additional chaperone tickets can be purchased for $25 per teacher/chaperone. All youth tickets must be used by young people 18 and younger.

Student Previews (School groups only): $14 + HST

The CCOC is pleased to provide one complimentary adult ticket for a teacher/chaperone for every 5 students booked at our Student Preview performances. Additional chaperone tickets can be purchased for $14 + HST per teacher/chaperone.

For more information regarding student group tickets and to reserve your tickets for the school previews, please contact the Harbourfront Centre Theatre’s Box Office at 416-973-4000 and choose option #1 | Please note that the Harbourfront Centre Box Office is open Wednesday to Friday, from noon until 6 p.m.

The opera THE HOBBIT. presented in this production was adapted by Dean Burry from the book entitled THE HOBBIT by J. R. R. Tolkien, under license from Middle-earth Enterprises, LLC, © 2004. All rights reserved. No part of the opera may be performed, photographed, recorded, or reproduced in any form except with the consent of Middle-earth Enterprises.

Artistic and Creative Team

Dean Burry

Composer & Librettist

Allison Grant

Director & Choreographer


Music Director

Julia Tribe

Designer (Original Production)

Jung-Hye Kim

Designer (Remount)

Doug MacNaughton

Gandalf & Voice of Smaug the Dragon

Sarah Soares

Apprentice Stage Manager

André du Toit

Lighting Designer

Lindsay McDonald

Assistant Stage Manager

Perseus Rebelo

Head of Wardrobe & Costume Coordinator

Anna Spencer

Stage Manager

Laura Philipps

Production Manager

Aislinn Ritchie

Projected Titles Operator

Mabel Wonnacott

Assistant Director

David Hoekstra

Head of Props

The Hobbit Supporters AND PARTNERS

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