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    Following its premiere in Vienna in 1905, the operetta The Merry Widow was praised as a huge success and went on to be adapted in English, German and French. After that, a Broadway run received much acclaim and ran for 416 performances. Audiences cannot resist this charming story of the spunky widow Hanna and the womanising Danilo, and the attempts to matchmake them.

    The wealthy, young Hanna is the subject of a matchmaking attempt focused on keeping her wealth in the country, but she instead shows interest in somebody else. Danilo and Hanna loved each other before she was married off and the Grand Duke attempts to reignite that flame, but Danilo is stubborn and refuses. The two embark on a merry game of playful deception that nearly ends in catastrophe, but all ends happily just in the nick of time.

    Kristiina Poska and Martin Fitzpatrick conduct this production, which is directed by Max Webster (The Lorax) and choreographed by Stephen Mear, featuring design by Esther Bialas, Bruno Poet and Stephen Mear. The cast features Sarah Tynan has Hanna and Nathan Gunn as Danilo, as well as Andrew Shore, Robert Murray, Rhian Lois, Nicholas Lester and Jamie MacDougall.

    This endearing love story has broad appeal with plenty of comedic moments, taking place at extravagant parties marked with dancing and indulgence. Translated into English, the English National Opera strive to make opera appealing to younger audiences, and this is a great choice that guarantees loads of fun. The Merry Widow plays at the West End's London Coliseum from 1 March to 13 April 2019.

    Performance dates: 12 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019

    Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)

    Age recommendation: No under 5's

    Special notice: Those who want to explore opera with a production that’s not too serious or lengthy will enjoy this update from a director well-known for his theatre work.

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    Latest Audience Reviews

    Great show. Large cast. Colourful sets and costumes. Wonderful singing voices. Our only complain... More

    dorothyw 30 Mar 2019

    Great show. Large cast. Colourful sets and costumes. Wonderful singing voices. Our only complaint was that we were not allowed in to the theatre until 7.25 due to scenery not being in place and had to wait outside in a room which got hotter and hotter as more people joined us. My husband and I both felt unwell and I also suffer from claustrophobia so that didn't help either. Also we had to discard our water before we entered the theatre so we were very thirsty with the heat.

    dorothyw 30 Mar 2019

    Fantastic orchestra and singing. Very good acting. I did not like the choreography of the men's s... More

    karena7 28 Mar 2019

    Fantastic orchestra and singing. Very good acting. I did not like the choreography of the men's septet and I prefer more traditional lyrics -- with the usual lyrics, it would have been almost perfect. I really appreciate what ENO is doing to encourage young people to attend opera.

    karena7 28 Mar 2019

    Loved the music, beautifully sung and played; lovely sets and costumes; but could have done witho... More

    rosemarya2 17 Mar 2019

    Loved the music, beautifully sung and played; lovely sets and costumes; but could have done without some of the distracting farce.

    rosemarya2 17 Mar 2019

    I was worried about this production because I saw the 1958 production with June Bronhill and Thom... More

    davids48 10 Mar 2019

    I was worried about this production because I saw the 1958 production with June Bronhill and Thomas Round and what a show that was. It ran nearly 30 minutes late the night we were there because of so many en cores and we missed our train home to Colchester! I need not of worried this cast were great. Sarah Tynan was outstanding and very well supported by the rest of cast. The set were great as well Well Done ENO. I think the audience let the cast down a bit compared to the 1958 production. Don't get me wrong the audience were generous but not enough to to get more en cores. Perhaps i am being greedy and was sorry when it ended. Highly Recommended.

    davids48 10 Mar 2019

    An excellent staging, both funny and engaging.

    Badwolf 09 May 2019

    Brilliant staging, but you have to like operetta.

    mickmassie 02 Apr 2019
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