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The Handmaid's Tale

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This opera performance will leave you with goosebumps! Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, Paul Rudder's opera depicts a cold and barren future in the USA that is truly frightening.

why watch the handmaid's tale

Get a glimpse of life in the (fictional) Republic of Gilead, where women's rights have been snatched away. Learn about the Handmaid, who is given the name Offred. She is one of the fertile women who is forced to reproduce with the Commanders of the Republic. The story will make you think about issues like state control and how fragile freedom is - all while Offred deals with the horror of her reality.

The opera is based on Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel, The Handmaid's Tale. The story has become famous as the novel has been made into films and a popular Emmy and BAFTA award-winning TV series. The musical score in the opera is inspired by minimalism, medieval chanting, and gospel music. Gilead's brutality is depicted in the music itself. Directed by ENO's Artistic Director Annilese Miskimmon, this power-packed production is conducted by Joana Carneiro, a contemporary music specialist. Mezzo-sopranos Kate Lindsey and Susan Bickley play Offred and her mother respectively. Soprano Rachel Nicholls is cast in the role of Aunt Lydia, whereas John Findon plays Luke.

The Story

Gilead has completely revoked the freedom and liberties of women. Fertile women, known as Handmaids, are coerced into having children with Republic Commanders. For Handmaid Offred, terror pervades every day. She rebels against the government by maintaining her individuality and self-identity. The Handmaid's Tale is a compelling story about women's rights that raises significant themes regarding power, oppression, and gender inequality. It also reveals the darker side of society and potential problems that could lead to a dystopian world and is especially relevant now. Buy The Handmaid’s Tale tickets now to avoid missing out on the spellbinding performance.

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Opera Lovers | Fans of Powerful Music

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Show Details

Genre: Opera

Duration: 2 hr 45 min with 1 interval

Audience: Suitable for 15+

Opening Date: 1 Feb 2024

Closing Date: 15 Feb 2024

Theatre Name: London Coliseum

Theatre Capacity: 2359

London Coliseum Seating Plan >

Theatre Facilities: Toilets, Bar, Restaurant

Dress Code: Smart casual

Cast & Crew

Leading Roles

Kate Lindsey as Offred

Susan Bickley as her mother

Soprano Rachel Nicholls as Aunt Lydia

Avery Amereau as Serena Joy

James Creswell as The Commander

John Findon as Luke

Book By

Margaret Atwood


Annilese Miskimmon


Joana Carneiro

Composed By

Poul Ruders

Additional Tips

  • Keep in mind, most London theaters are air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly. Bring along a light jacket if needed.

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