Genre Opera/Dance
First Performance 21/09/2023
Closing 11/10/2023
Running Time 3h15, inc. 2 intervals

Featuring some of the most powerful and evocative music ever written, Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes paints a vivid picture of a small community’s transformation into a hateful mob in the face of a local tragedy.

Peter Grimes’ apprentice goes missing in mysterious circumstances. The townspeople’s mistrust of the fisherman then turns into something far darker. Gossip becomes suspicion. Suspicion descends into accusation. The villagers come together with devastating consequences to confront the outsider Grimes.

Part-psychological thriller and part-morality play, Peter Grimes is an elegantly simple story. Beautifully expressed musically, about ever-present forces of fear, suspicion and intolerance. Forces, that if left unchecked, repress our differences and drive us apart as individuals and communities.

The production is conducted by Martyn Brabbins, ENO’s Director of Music, and directed by longstanding ENO collaborator, David Alden. It features Gwyn Hughes Jones in the title role with former Harewood Artists, Elizabeth Llewellyn and Alex Otterburn as Ellen Orford and Ned Keene, respectively; and current Harewood Artist John Findon as Bob Boles. Rounding out the cast are Christine Rice as Auntie, Clive Bayley as Swallow, David Soar as Hobson with Ronald Samm as Reverend Horace Adams and Simon Bailey plays Balstrode.

Book now to see one of opera’s most thrilling works, Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten’s, on the London Coliseum stage.

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