Opera: John Adams Death Of Klinghoffer at Coliseum Theatre

Following highly successful productions of John Adams’s Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic, ENO presents the London stage premiere of the American composer’s controversial ‘docu-opera’ about the killing of a Jewish-American tourist during the hijacking of a Mediterranean cruise liner by Palestinian militants.

Alice Goodman’s eloquently poetic and dispassionately even-handed libretto mixes Biblical and Koranic references with real and imagined accounts of what happened on board. Adams’s intensely expressive score captures the private thoughts and emotions of individuals caught up in the complexities of a political and religious conflict that still defies solution. More of a meditation in the style of a Bach Passion than a conventional operatic drama, the result is an utterly compelling and unique piece of theatre.

Tom Morris, co-director of the National Theatre’s War Horse, makes his opera directing debut, while Baldur Brönnimann, who conducted ENO’s Lost Highway and Le Grand Macabre, applies his contemporary expertise to what many regard as Adams’s finest opera.

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Simon Boccanegra at Coliseum Theatre (Wed 08 Jun 11 – Sat 09 Jul 11)

Simon Boccanegra is a co-production with Bayerische Staatsoper and Munich – A tale of public feuds and private griefs, set against a backdrop of civil war, Simon Boccanegra is revered as one of Verdi’s most sublime, mature masterpieces. Featuring a major role for the ENO Chorus, the opera is conducted by ENO’s Olivier Award-winning Music Director, Edward Gardner. Award-winning young Russian director/designer Dmitri Tcherniakov makes his ENO debut with a production that launches a new partnership between ENO and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. Leading Verdi baritone Bruno Caproni (ENO’s magisterial Nabucco) sings the title-role of the privateer-turned-politician, with Brindley Sherratt as Fiesco, the implacable foe who discovers, too late, the bonds of love that bind them.

Opera: Two Boys – Coliseum Theatre

A teenage boy is fatally stabbed. Another boy is caught on CCTV leaving the scene. An open-and-shut case, it would seem. But, as Detective Inspector Anne Strawson investigates the older boy’s story, she uncovers a bizarre nexus of chatroom meetings, false identities, fictitious spy rings and raunchy cybersex, leading to just one conclusion: it wasn’t so much murder as suicide by internet.

Loosely inspired by an incredible but true case that happened in the North of England a few years ago, Nico Muhly’s new opera enters the secret world of the teenage bedroom to hit the panic button on the realities and risks of living our lives online.

With a libretto by Craig Lucas, screenwriter of Prelude to a Kiss and Reckless and video design by Fifty Nine Productions, whose work has been a key feature of such recent ENO triumphs as Doctor Atomic and Satyagraha, this new co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, making his UK opera debut.

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The Damnation of Faust at Coliseum Theatre (Fri 06 May 11 – Tue 07 Jun 11)

Former Python and cult film-maker Terry Gilliam makes his opera directing debut with Berlioz’s dazzlingly kaleidoscopic take on Goethe’s Faust, setting the old legend of the ivory-tower intellectual who forfeits his soul for love. ENO’s Olivier Award-winning Music Director, Edward Gardner, who conducted this season’s opening production of Gounod’s Faust, returns to conduct Berlioz’s radically different treatment of the same story.

Christine Rice, whose performance as Suzuki in ENO’s 2009 Madam Butterfly, was described as ‘luxury casting’ by both The Times and The Guardian, now steps centre stage as the seduced and abandoned Marguerite, while the mocking, mischief-making devil, Mephistopheles, is sung by Christopher Purves, last seen as the sleazy sidekick Tony in Richard Jones’s 2008 staging of Pagliacci.

Conductor Edward Gardner; Director Terry Gilliam; Set Designer Hildegard Bechtler; Costume Designer Katrina Lindsay; Lighting Designer Peter Mumford; Choreographer Leah Hausman; Translator Hugh Macdonald

Cast includes: Christine Rice (Marguerite); Christopher Purves (Mephistopheles); Nicholas Folwell (Brander)

SIGNED PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 18th May – 7.30pm 

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Opera: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Coliseum Theatre

Following its South Bank Show Award-winning productions of The Turn of the Screw and Peter Grimes, ENO continues to refresh its Britten repertoire with a new staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Magically mixing 20th-century modernism, rich romanticism and quasi-Purcellian fantasy, Britten’s score breathes a unique air all of its own, climaxing in a hilarious parody of Italian bel canto opera for the rude mechanicals’ play.

Mirroring the composer’s lifelong nostalgia for the lost innocence of childhood, Christopher Alden, the Olivier Award-winning director of Partenope and The Makropulos Case, transplants Shakespeare’s moonlit world of woods and fairies to the hormonal hothouse of a 1960s school. With Iestyn Davies (‘one of the most glorious countertenor voices in the world today’ The Independent) and stunning singing actress Sarah Tynan (who enraptured ENO audiences in The Elixir of Love in 2010) as Oberon and Tytania, this dream cast also features the great Jamaican-born bass-baritone Sir Willard White as Bottom.

Conductor Leo Hussain; Director Christopher Alden; Set Designer Charles Edwards; Costume Designer Sue Willmington; Lighting Designer Adam Silverman

Cast includes: Iestyn Davies (Oberon); Willard White (Bottom); Sarah Tynan (Tytania); Allan Clayton (Lysander); Benedict Nelson (Demetrius); Paul Whelan (Theseus); Kate Valentine (Helena); Tamara Gura (Hermia); Michael Colvin (Flute); Graeme Danby (Snug); Peter van Hulle (Snout); Simon Butteriss (Starveling)

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Ballet The Nutcracker at London Coliseum is on Sale!

The Nutcracker at London Coliseum is on Sale from 10 – 30 December 2010.

Journey back in time with English National Ballet to a frost-covered, gas-lit London and join Clara, her Nutcracker doll and Drosselmeyer in this traditional, festive tale for all the family.

This new production created by Artistic Director, Wayne Eagling, is the highlight of our 60th birthday season. A world of Edwardian elegance designed by Peter Farmer brings to life the eternally popular Tchaikovsky score that features the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ and many other familiar favourites.

On an enchanted Christmas Eve, under the heavy boughs of the candlelit tree, Clara battles with the Mouse King and falls in love with a handsome Prince. As the air grows colder and snowflakes begin to fall, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker travel across the frost-dusted London skyline to the glistening Land of Snow, where her adventure really begins.

Be the first to enjoy this classical production that promises to be a magical, memorable and unmissable Christmas treat.

Please note: There are no surtitles for this production. 

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The Nutcracker will open at Coliseum Theatre

After seven consecutive London Christmases, this is the last season for English National Ballet’s Gerald Scarfe-designed Nutcracker at the London Coliseum.

Don’t miss your last chance to see English National Ballet’s magical production of The Nutcracker this Christmas. This vibrant and eccentric production designed by Gerald Scarfe and choreographed by Christopher Hampson will be performed for the last time, having enchanted London audiences for eight consecutive years.

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The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer, and their amazing adventures in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. It is a spellbinding experience; Clara battles with a Mouse King, dances with snowflakes and falls in love with a handsome Prince.

The eternally popular Tchaikovsky score features the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ and many other familiar favourites.

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Chun Yi: The Legend of Kung Fu

A uniquely spectacular show, fusing unbelievable athletic feats of kung fu artistry with ballet and modern dance. The narrative is based on a universal coming of age story – one young boy’s quest to endure formidable trials to earn his title The Pure One (Chun Yi) and graduate as a warrior monk.

A multi-award winning phenomenon in Beijing, where it has been running for over 4 years, the show is also a massive overseas hit, with tours to Japan, Russia and Canada. Acclaimed Broadway director Ray Roderick, leads the Chinese creative team and a company of 65 young professional Kung Fu practitioners, dancers, and acrobats.

Venue: Coliseum Theatre St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES

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English National Ballet Christmas Season

A huge success when it was last performed in 2005, The Sleeping Beauty returns to reawaken the magic of the world’s favourite fairy tale in an enchanted world of castles and curses, forests and fairies.

“What a triumph. Millions of steps, hundreds of costumes, dozens of dancers and a symphony orchestra” Sunday Express

Join English National Ballet’s Company of 67 dancers and full symphony orchestra for a thrilling and magical season of ballet at the London Coliseum.

London Coliseum 3 – 14 December

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