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Akhnaten Tickets

London Coliseum

Travel to Ancient Egypt with Phelim McDermott’s dazzling production of Philip Glass’s opera, performed by the English National Opera.

Philip Glass’ Egyptian epic returns

Be transported to Ancient Egypt with the English National Opera, as composer Philip Glass’ mesmerising Akhnaten returns to the London Coliseum.

Composer Glass’ Akhnaten opera tells the story of the Pharaoh Akhnaten, who was the first Ancient Egyptian leader to move from worshipping multiple gods to just one - the Sun. This dazzling opera tells his story with inspiration from ancient hymns, prayers and inscriptions, which are sung in their original Hebrew, Egyptian and Akkadian.

Director Phelim McDermott’s (ENO: Satyagraha; Così fan tutte) production of Akhnaten is hugely acclaimed, and has previously played the London Coliseum to sold-out audiences. Glass’ distinctive music, in a minimalist style, is conducted by Karen Kamensek in this co-production with LA Opera and Improbable.

The Akhnaten London cast includes Anthony Roth Costanzo (returning to the title role), Crystal E. Williams as Nefertiti, Haegee Lee as Queen Tye, Keel Watson as Aye and Zachary James as Scribe.

Book Akhnaten tickets and experience the sun god’s spectacular return to London.

Sorry this show closed 05 April 2023, we recommend these similar productions.

La Boheme
Performance dates:
04 Apr 2023 - 05 Apr 2023
Running time:
2 hours and 55 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 12+
Audience Notes:
This production is sung in Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian with no surtitles, and contains some adult content which may be unsuitable for younger audiences.

Akhnaten Reviews

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User Reviews


Amazing Opera. Very different and interesting. This has various singers juggling with balls and batons whilst singing and also laying on the floor juggling. The costumes and scenery are spectacular and add to this experience.

Performance date: 29 March 2023

The best set design I have ever seen and the ability to portray the epicness that is this opera with such power is no small feat.

Performance date: 18 March 2023
Performance date: 30 March 2023
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