Phillip Glass collaborates with the English National Opera to bring an operatic adaptation of the renowned 1950 film of the same name. Witness a gripping tale of love, self-obsession, and immortality!
Why Watch Orphée
Created by Phillip Glass, one of the most renowned composers of the 20th century, Orphee is based on the 1950 film by Jean Cocteau. Glass’ previous collaborations with the English National Opera resulted in Satyagraha and Olivier Award-winning Akhnaten, both of which were critically acclaimed across the globe. Also known for his film scores, Glass is a 3-time Academy Award nominee and has won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. Director Netia Jones also includes fragments of the original film in the opera, using a combination of projection and live-action effects. The opera features a star-studded lineup including Nicolas Lester, Sarah Tynan, Jennifer France, and Anthony Gregory!
Orphée is a well-known poet, who is visiting the Cafe des Poetes in Paris. Here, he meets Princess and Cegeste, a handsome poet. Certain events ensue, and the Princess reanimates Cegeste at a ruined chateau and disappears into a mirror. Orphée is then taken back to his home by the Princess’s chauffeur, Heurtebise. Orphée’s pregnant wife, Eurydice, is discussing the disappearance of her husband with her friend, Aglaonice, just as he arrives home. Orphée, however, refuses to share the details of his mysterious night with Eurydice, and invites Heurtebise to stay with them until the Princess returns. When Eurydice is killed, Heurtebise offers to lead Orphée through the Zone, a region between lie and death, into the Underworld, so he can rescue his wife. Will Orphée go to any length to save his wife, or is he blinded by his newfound love for the Princess?
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Know Before You Go
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show
2h 40min with 1 interval
Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted into the theatre. Guests under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult above the age of 18
The London Coliseum has a seating capacity of 2359
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly
All West End show tickets are non-refundable.
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