Orpheus in the Underworld at London Coliseum tickets
Orpheus in the Underworld at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

Woman of the moment Emma Rice makes her ENO debut with a glittering new production that buzzes with theatricality. Orpheus in the Underworld is an all-singing, all-dancing operetta, built around Offenbach’s score. Catch it at the London Coliseum from 5 October 2019.

Orphée aux enfers (the original French title) is a comic opera first performed in 1858 Paris. Combining music by Jacques Offenbach and words by Ludovic Halévy and Hector Crémieux, the piece skewers the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The famous ‘Galop Infernal’ (aka the ‘Can-can’) originates from Offenbach’s score, and the show has been treated to a plethora of revivals, many featuring translations, across the globe.

Who needs Heaven when Hell is so much fun? After Eurydice’s marriage to Orpheus ends in tragedy, she is fooled into taking Pluto, king of the Underworld, as her lover. If Orpheus is to win her back, he must enlist the help of a posse of magnificent but frustratingly blasé gods.

Ed Lyon and Claudia Boyle star as Orpheus and Eurydice, alongside Alan Oke as John Styx and Sir Willard White in the part of Jupiter. They are joined by ENO Harewood Artists Idunnu Münch and Alex Otterburn as well as ENO Harewood Artist alumnus Mary Bevan. ENO’s former Music Director Sian Edwards conducts.

Emma Rice is the Artistic Director of theatre company Wise Children, which she set up in 2018. Her directing credits include Brief Encounter, Cymbeline and Wise Children.

Orpheus in the Underworld is the glittering soiree you always wanted to be invited to. Put on your party hat and step into Emma Rice’s world at the London Coliseum from 5 October 2019.

Recommended for

If you loved Emma Rice’s work for Kneehigh or for her company Wise Children, you won’t want to miss Orpheus in the Underworld, which boasts all her signature humour and playfulness. Fans of ENO’s grand productions will find the 2019/20 season does not disappoint.

Age Recommendations: No under 5s

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Opened: 05 Oct 2019
Booking from: 28 Nov 2019
Booking until: 28 Nov 2019

Location and map

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

24 Reviews Add review

The set was innovative and the cast were incredibly talented. Singing blew us away. A great experience for novices, definitely ignited... More

msjad 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Tash11e 6'0", 33 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Set design and lighting very innovative and practical - allowing change of sets quickly. Lighting was used well to change mood. Costumes... More

mrsak 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Creative set design albeit in the Colliseum's new minimalist style. Diction so very good from main singers no surtitles were necessary.... More

jeanettemartin 5' 3", 62 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I had imagined this opera would fill the theatre, because the Offenbach original is essentially a comical/satirical send up of the... More

philipc14 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

pag 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It was brilliant. Singing and acting first class

rosalindn1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A bit grotesque but enternaining. Actors and singers were very good. Scenery was nice

holaaah 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was dreadful. Mount Olympus was a series of white tiled bathrooms with a lavatory on each floor. The can can was abysmal:... More

wendyl5 1 review, 0 helpful votes