Satyagraha at London Coliseum tickets
Satyagraha at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

Philip Glass’s iconic production of Satyagraha returns to the London Coliseum as part of ENO’s much anticipated 2017/18 season, which comprises revivals of some of the company’s most beloved past productions.

The opera is a grand, emotive meditation on the civil rights leader and spiritual guru Mahatma Gandhi. ‘Satyagraha’ is the name given to Ghandi’s self-conceptualised method of non-violent protest that took root in his teachings and followers throughout the long fought Indian Independence Movement.

Glass’s piece charts the leader’s early years in South Africa and moves back and forth through Gandhi’s life, with the flow of time, mixing words and sound in a beautiful maelstrom of emotion.

Artistic Director of theatre company Improbable, Phelim McDermott directs the production. McDermott made his ENO directorial debut with his now iconic premiere of Satyagraha in 2007 and returns for its third revival in under a decade.

Satyagraha will be McDermott’s second piece in this season, the first being Aida this autumn which follows sell-out performances of McDermott’s Olivier Award-winning production of Akhnaten in 2016. Contemporary music champion and former Music Director of the Staatsoper Hannover, Karen Kamensek reunites with McDermott for the production.

The title role Mahatma Gandhi will be played by British tenor Toby Spence along with an incredible ensemble, including Charlotte Beament, Anna-Clare Monk, Stephanie Marshall, Nicholas Folwell, Brindley Sherratt, Sarah Pring, Eddie Wade and Andrí Björn Róbertsson.

The productions mesmerising visual design is created with the help of Costume Designer Julian Crouch and Lighting Designer Kevin Pollard. The elegant video design is created and curated by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for 59 Productions Ltd.

Satyagraha is a stunning, multi-sensory opera that promises to enthral audiences once more. The production plays a limited run from the 1st to 27th February 2018.

Recommended for

Opera fans looking for something a bit different should ensure they catch this multi-sensory jewel.

Age Recommendations: No Children Under 5 years

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Opened: 01 Feb 2018
Booking from: 27 Feb 2018
Booking until: 27 Feb 2018

Location and map

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

8 Reviews Add review

emmac 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I watched the start with anticipation - it's so long since I've been to the opera! Gorgeous score, I must say. We started with a fellow... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 93 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Excellent staging, mostly very good singing and very good music as one would expect from a Glass opera (especially 2nd and 3rd acts).... More

markprunty 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Enjoyed but enjoyed Glass's Akhenaten more. I'd see it again though. Hypnotic and beautiful.

katsonstage 5'8", 150 reviews, 5 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 347 reviews, 4 helpful votes

You need staying power for this opera. Philip Glass's musical score was good. The song is in Sanskrit with no translation. Narrative... More

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

Breathtaking. Costumes, music, set design - outstanding!

DPCoach 170cm, 1 review, 0 helpful votes

We couldn't read the lines. Even if I liked the composer the whole plot was too slow and with too many repeats. As I didn't get the... More

vangelismichael 1 review, 0 helpful votes