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Duke Bluebeard’s Castle / The Rite Of Spring

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A double bill of expressionistic opera and ballet. Read More >

Two of the most expressionistic works of the 20th century, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and The Rite Of Spring, are brought together in a double bill.

Daniel Kramer, who won a South Bank Show Award for his 2008 version of Punch And Judy, a co-production between English National Opera and the Young Vic, makes his debut at the London Coliseum with Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. Bartok’s only opera is based on a fairytale by Charles Perrault and features only two characters, Duke Bluebeard and new wife Judith. This production features Michaela Martens as the wife entering the castle for the first time and sacrificing herself to unlock the bloody secrets of Duke Bluebeard’s Past.

The Rite Of Spring is performed by daring, original company Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, and directed by Irish director/choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. Stravinsky’s dark, ritualistic ballet tells the story of a young girl sacrificed for her community’s future.

ENO’s Laurence Olivier Award-winning Music Director Edward Gardner conducts Duke Bluebeard’s Castle / The Rite Of Spring.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 06/11/2009

Closing Night: 28/11/2009

Running time: 2h15

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Cast & Creative


Bluebeard: Clive Bayley, Michaela Martens


Director - Bluebeard: Daniel Kramer. Spring: Michael Keegan-Dolan.

Producer - English National Opera and Fabulous Best Dance Theatre

Designer - Bluebeard: Giles Cadle. Spring: Rae Smith.

Choreographer - Spring: Michael Keegan-Dolan

Conductor - Edward Gardner

Lighting Designer - Bluebeard: Peter Mumford. Spring: Adam Silverman.

Music By - Bluebeard: Bartok. Spring: Stravinsky.

About London Coliseum

St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES

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