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Porgy And Bess

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The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess explores the relationships between members of a close-knit community in 1920s South Carolina. Read More >

The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess explores the relationships between members of a close-knit community in 1920s South Carolina.

More than 80 years after its premiere, Porgy And Bess receives its first ENO staging. Written for a large cast, with a 40-voice chorus specially formed for this production, and full orchestra, Porgy and Bess is infused with unforgettable melodies, including the much-loved “Summertime”.

Porgy And Bess is a stage work that is emotionally charged, powerful and moving, delivered through jazz, ragtime, blues and spirituals.

Making their ENO debuts are conductor John Wilson and director James Robinson, the Artistic Director of Opera St Louis. Leading the cast are Eric Greene as Porgy and Nicole Cabell as Bess. Nmon Ford makes his role debut as Crown, and Latonia Moore, an outstanding ENO Aida, returns to the London Coliseum as Serena.

British soprano Nadine Benjamin makes her company debut as Clara, while rising tenor Frederick Ballentine makes his UK debut as Sporting Life.


Age Recommendation: Children under the age of five are not permitted to enter the auditoriums. i

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 11/10/2018

Closing Night: 17/11/2018

Running time: 3h10, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Porgy - Eric Greene

Bess - Nicole Cabell

Crown - Nmon Ford

Serena - Latonia Moore (27, 31 Oct, 10 Nov: Gweneth-Ann Rand)

Clara- Nadine Benjamin

Maria - Tichina Vaughn

Jake - Donovan Singletary

Sporting Life - Frederick Ballentine

Mingo - Rheinaldt Tshepo Moagi

Robbins/Crab Man - Chaz'men Williams-Ali

Frazier - Byron Jackson

Annie - Sarah-Jane Lewis

Strawberry Woman - Nozuko Teto

Jim - Njabulo Madlala

Peter - Ronald Samm

Undertaker - Whitaker Mills

Nelson - Thando Mjandana

Lily - Pumza Mxinwa



Director - James Robinson

Choreographer - Dianne McIntyre

Conductor - John Wilson

Costume - Catherine Zuber

Lighting Designer - Donald Holder

Set Designer - Michael Yeargan

Author - George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin

About London Coliseum

St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES

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