Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel at London Coliseum tickets
Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: No under 5's

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 30 Mar 2019
Booking from: 12 Apr 2019
Booking until: 12 Apr 2019

Location and map

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

15 Reviews Add review

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

tessrobs 152cm, 23 reviews, 2 helpful votes

moley 5' 6'', 114 reviews, 4 helpful votes

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... More

albuspotter 5"11, 239 reviews, 15 helpful votes

grahamosull 5"8', 47 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I liked it very dark , good history.

sergioAraujo 192 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I enjoyed parts of it but it lacked energy in others. Lots of it dragged on and it felt long. Was expecting more considering when it... More

ruthc7 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

katherineh5 5’2”, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved the show. Last 20 minutes should have been cut out. The whole performance would have had a stronger impact.

hanaw 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I thought it brilliant and really enjoyed it. All the singers/actors and orchestra were excellent.

philipf 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes