At English National Opera, the company's new artistic director Annilese Miskimmon herself directs the opera's debut production, at the Coliseum. The Handmaid's Tale is the last in a series of seven productions, starting on 14 October with Philip Glass's Satyagraha.
Miskimmon is joined by theatre royalty, including lighting designer Paule Constable and costume designer Annemarie Woods, and by the cream of British singing.
Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey leads the cast as Offred, the young women destined for breeding and servitude in Gilead, where women are oppressed.
Soprano Emma Ball sings the role of Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale. Photo: Paul Foster-Williams
Joining her are soprano Emma Bell as Aunt Lydia, Rhian Lois, Elin Pritchard and, as Offred's mother, the ENO stalwart Susan Bickley. Listen out, too, for rising artist tenor John Findon as Luke.
The impressive cast and dramatic nature of the original book promise a powerful evening of music and theatre. Ruders calls on musical styles medieval chant to gospel music and minimalism to create the layers of society in Gilead.
Joana Carneiro conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of English National Opera.
The Handmaid's Tale is sung in English with English surtitles. Suitable for those aged over 15
|What||The Handmaid's Tale, English National Opera|
|Where||English National Opera, London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Embankment (underground)|
04 Apr 22 – 14 Apr 22, Five evening performances, plus one 3PM matinee, Sun 10 April
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