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London Coliseum

Composer Benjamin Britten was a committed pacifist, and when commissioned to celebrate the consecration of Coventry Cathedral he used the platform to make a powerful anti-war statement. Interspersing the traditional Requiem Mass with Wilfred Owen’s war poems, Britten pays tribute to those who died in the horrors of war.

Coventry Cathedral was reduced to a shell during WWII, with the replacement being built adjacent to the ruins. Completed in 1962, it was opened to much celebration, including a specially commissioned work, War Requiem, by Benjamin Britten. Inspired by the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owens, who was killed in action in 1918, Britten uses the Latin Mass for the Dead as a backdrop for Owen’s poetry and his opposition to war.

This interpretation of the Requiem Mass is performed by a chorus of 80 adults, a 40-strong children’s choir and the English National Opera orchestra and a chamber orchestra. This concert performance is staged with costume and design, creating a powerful experience that rails against humanity’s ability to disregard the lives of others.

Martyn Brabbins conducts this concert staging, which is directed by ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer. Wolfgang Tillmans designs the production, with Justin Nardella as his associate. Nasir Mazhar and Charles Balfour are credited with costume and lighting respectively, with Ann Yee providing choreography. Leading the choir are soprano Emma Bell, Tenor David Butt Philip and baritone Roderick Williams.

This concert performance promises to be a moving, immersive homage to those who died in battle, and protested the actions of war. The powerfully recognisable music and notable anti-war poems from one of the country’s greatest war poets will be a visceral combination of the best and worst of the human race. Playing for a limited season at the London Coliseum, War Requiem runs in the West End from 16 November to 7 December 2018.

Sorry this show closed 07 December 2018, we recommend these similar productions.

La Boheme
The Turn of the Screw
Performance dates:
07 Dec 2018 - 07 Dec 2018
Running time:
1 hour and 30 minutes.
Age recommendation:
No under 5's
Audience Notes:
Classical music and poetry fans will enjoy seeing their favourite forms used in new and exciting ways. Activists and those with anti-war sentiments will also want to support this piece.

War Requiem - ENO Reviews

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User Reviews

My guest was an ex-singing student of mine so it was a treat for us to hear such wonderful voices - soloists and choruses -Tutti Bravi!

Performance date: 04 December 2018

An opera I feel is a bit too sophisticated for me, however was an interesting experience, have always wanted to go to the Coliseum, but I think the next visit will be for a musical at this venue!

Performance date: 04 December 2018

Show was good but if one is sat in the most uncomfortable seat it makes it entirely unenjoyable.

Performance date: 04 December 2018
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