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

Orpheus in the Underworld tickets from £20.00

Tickets from £20.00

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

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Opened: 05 Oct 2019
Booking from: 21 Nov 2019
Booking until: 28 Nov 2019

Next available performances


Location and map

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

9 Reviews Add review

Tash11e 6'0", 27 reviews, 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", 54 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

jbrown15 35 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Whilst the music and singing were first - rate the words were a total travesty. The King of the Boeotians, a song about how a mighty... More

mrt1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

katherineh5 5’2”, 32 reviews, 0 helpful votes

My companion and I enjoyed the show on the whole. The singing and music were both excellent. We felt, however, that it was completely... More

alasdairgf 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Great music, some funny moments but most of the show was dumbed down too much, childish and distasteful in parts

marke15 1 review, 0 helpful votes