Akhnaten at London Coliseum tickets
Akhnaten at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

Before his son King Tutankhamun ruled ancient Egypt, Akhenaten was Pharaoh alongside his Queen, Nefertiti. A ruler with distinct ideas about religion, he attempted to shift Egyptian culture from polytheistic worship to that which is centred on one God.

American composer Philip Glass penned an opera about Akhenaten’s reign as part of a trilogy in 1983, shortening the name to Akhnaten. Revived by ENO in 2016, the Olivier Award-winning production returns as part of the London Coliseum’s new season.

Beginning with the death of Akhenaten’s predecessor, we see the coronation of the new king. His first declaration is that of his intention to change the kingdom’s religion and build a new city. Despite initially stamping out unrest, this doesn’t last, and the story ends in tragedy.

Anthony Roth Costanzo sings Akhnaten. The American countertenor first began performing as a teenager in musical theatre, but quickly transitioned to opera. Previous opera credits include the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Glyndebourne. Katie Stevenson plays his wife Nefertiti, who has previously sung with the English National Opera and Barber Opera.

Composer Philip Glass is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century. He has composed pieces across several genres, including classical music, musical theatre and opera, as well as scores for dance, TV and film. A selection of works include Einstein on the Beach, the 2016 production of The Crucible, and the film Fantastic Four. The production is directed by Improbable founder and Artistic Director Phelim McDermott.

Akhnaten sold-out on its opening in 2016 and received an Olivier Award. With stunning design and world-renowned talent from opera and theatre on the creative team, the production plays at the London Coliseum from 11 February to 7 March 2019.

Recommended for

Opera audiences don’t have many chances to see this work in the UK. Those interested in ancient Egyptian culture will find this a fascinating piece created from ancient texts. The plot is easy to follow, so those new to opera won’t be intimidated by this show.

Age Recommendations: No under 5s

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours (including an interval)
Opened: 11 Feb 2019
Booking from: 07 Mar 2019
Booking until: 07 Mar 2019

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

43 Reviews Add review

What a stunning opera by Phillip Glass. Its beautiful to look at and the costumes were amazing. Its super slow motion in parts but... More

barrythompson1 87 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Where do you start - the set and choreography were outstanding and the costumes were stunning. Literally jaw-dropping moments at various... More

shelleyh 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Superb show, wonderful vocals, stunning setting, I would go again in a heartbeat

lynnemeredith 5”7, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Extraordinary, incredible, and stunning opera. The orchestration, costumes, set, lighting, and performances were sublime, original,... More

maryl4 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Wonderful spectacle. Clever set design - several points where one didn't know which part of the stage to watch. Wonderful singing... More

davidc34 1 review, 0 helpful votes

djhunt 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 347 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Stunning show. In a class of its own.

marting 1 review, 0 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 347 reviews, 4 helpful votes