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Peter Grimes

Peter Grimes

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About the Show Less...

The first revival of David Alden's 2009 five-star sell-out production of Britten's work of visceral and sustained beauty. Read More >

The bleak, enclosed world of a fishing village provides the backdrop for the story of fisherman Peter Grimes and his uneasy relationship with the other inhabitants. Following the death of Grimes’s apprentice, the community presumes Grimes to be guilty. Although he is cleared of any blame, the villagers no longer trust him, and when his new apprentice accidentally falls to his death, Grimes spirals towards a tragic breakdown.

The most significant British opera in over two centuries, Peter Grimes is a work of visceral and sustained beauty, and is notable for the orchestral interludes that depict the sea in different moods.

This is the first revival of David Alden’s 2009 five-star sell-out production. ENO Music Director Edward Gardner again conducts the electrifying score, with Stuart Skelton heading an outstanding cast in his return to the title role.


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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 29/01/2014

Closing Night: 27/02/2014

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Cast & Creative


Stuart Skelton, Elza van den Heever, Iain Paterson, Rebecca de Pont Davies, Matthew Best, Leigh Melrose, Michael Colvin, Felicity Palmer, Matthew Trevino, Tim Robinson, Rhian Lois, Mary Bevan


Director - David Alden

Producer - Co-produced by ENO, De Vlaamse Opera, Opera de Oviedo and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Choreographer - Maxine Braham

Conductor - Edward Gardner

Lighting Designer - Adam Silverman

Set Designer - Paul Steinberg

Author - Benjamin Britten

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