Waiting For The Barbarians

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A new opera by Philip Glass based on John M Coetzee's novel of the same name. Read More >

Philip Glass's Waiting For The Barbarians based on the novel by John M. Coetzee, looks at war between oppressors and oppressed.

The barbarians are coming. Torture is used to obtain confessions from the barbarian prisoners, thus justifying the necessity for the premeditated campaign against the tribe.

This is the third contemporary opera staged at Barbican Hall as part of the Present Voices season.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 12/06/2008

Closing Night: 12/06/2008

Running time: 155 mins (inc interval)

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Cast & Creative


Richard Salter (The Magistrate), Eugene Perry (Joll), Michael Tews (Mandel), Elvira Soukop (Girl), Kelly God (Chef), Marisa Mulder (Star), Andreas Mitschke (Old Man)


Author - Text by Christopher Hampton

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