The Merry Widow at London Coliseum tickets
The Merry Widow at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: No under 5's

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 01 Mar 2019
Booking from: 12 Apr 2019
Booking until: 13 Apr 2019

Location and map

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

50 Reviews Add review

Great show. Large cast. Colourful sets and costumes. Wonderful singing voices. Our only complaint was that we were not allowed in... More

dorothyw 1 review, 0 helpful votes

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

karena7 1 review, 0 helpful votes

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

rosemarya2 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I was worried about this production because I saw the 1958 production with June Bronhill and Thomas Round and what a show that was.... More

davids48 1 review, 0 helpful votes

An excellent staging, both funny and engaging.

Badwolf 7”8, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Brilliant staging, but you have to like operetta.

mickmassie 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Music, acting & dancing excellent. A little unsure of the revised libretto as felt it was too far from the original sentiment of the... More

helenf7 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Fab production. They appeared to have subtly modernised it. Sound quality not the best but a visual treat.

melonw 5"6, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Colourful kitsch show. Some familiar tunes. Quite a lot of spoken word rather than sung. Fabulous costumes and sets but utterly... More

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