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London Coliseum

Iain Bell’s world premiere production of Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel arrives at the London Coliseum as part of the theatre’s new season. Following the notorious story of real criminal Jack the Ripper, the opera focuses on the community of women surrounding the vicious attacks.

Jack the Ripper is one of the most notorious criminals in British history. Never identified or caught, the unknown man prowled the streets of Whitechapel in the late 1800s, brutally murdering women. With his crimes renowned in history, he is left with a legacy as one of the worst villains in history. 2019 sees Iain Bell’s world premiere production Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel take to the stage at the West End’s London Coliseum.

Focusing on the women of the East End at the time these crimes are taking place, the story is pulled away from the murderer, giving voice to his victims. Bell’s new opera begins in 1888, at the time of the first murders. A group of East End women fear for their lives, but as there is power in numbers, they work together to ensure survival. Examining the poverty and hardship of the women’s lives, Bell hands these historical figures a platform rather than merely being defined by their horrible deaths.

Casting for the production includes Claudia Boyle, Josephine Barstow, Janis Kelly, Marie McLaughlin, Susan Bullock, Lesley Garrett, William Mofrgan, Alex Otterburn, Alan Opie, Robert Hayward, Nicky Spence and James Cleverton.

Iain Bell is best-known for composing operas, with previous works including In Parenthesis, A Christmas Carol and A Harlot’s Progress. Martyn Brabbins conducts, with direction by Daniel Kramer, Artistic Director of the English National Opera. The American theatre-trained director’s recent credits include Bluebeard’s Castle, an opera version of Punch & Judy, and Bent starring Alan Cumming.

Opera is a traditionally male-dominated form, so this is a welcome change to see women’s stories centre stage. Playing a strictly limited season as part of the London Coliseum’s 2018-2019 season, Jack Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel runs from 30 March to 12 April 2019.

Sorry this show closed 12 April 2019, we recommend these similar productions.

Rigoletto
La Boheme
The Turn of the Screw
Performance dates:
12 Apr 2019 - 12 Apr 2019
Age recommendation:
No under 5's
Audience Notes:
New opera audiences, people interested in stories about women, and those keen on new works for large-scale stages won’t want to pass over what should be a ground-breaking work.

Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel Reviews

3.7
17 Reviews
  • 5 Stars18%
  • 4 Stars35%
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User Reviews

Verified
Performance date: 10 April 2019

Beautiful show, magnificent design all-round from lighting to costume to set.

Performance date: 30 March 2019
Verified

I enjoyed it, not the best thing I've seen but found it very interesting with a promising future since this was the first time it was being performed.

Performance date: 10 April 2019
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