As Judith unlocks room after room in the castle of her new husband, Duke Bluebeard, we follow her deeper and deeper into the recesses of his troubled imagination.
Her descent takes us through a torture chamber, an armoury, a treasury and a garden, until we find a mysterious seventh chamber which holds her fate.
Bartok’s opera is as taut and gripping as a thriller, but it resists easy categorisation. At once a study of an obsessive, violent man and an allegory of the battle of the sexes, Bluebeard’s Castle is a powerful story that incites thought as well as suspense.
Presented as a semi-staged concert performance by two internationally acclaimed performers in an hour of gripping psychodrama. This production is a two-hander, with award-winning Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw singing Judith and Canadian baritone John Relyea, one of today’s finest basses, as Bluebeard. It is conducted by Martyn Brabbins, ENO’s Director of Music.
Sung in English with the words displayed above the stage (Surtitles)
Now taking bookings for performances from Thu 21st March 2024 until Sat 23rd March 2024.
Show times for each day are below.
Bus routes: St. Martin's Lane 24, 29, 176 / 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night buses: St. Martin's Lane 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279 / 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Nearest rail: Charing Cross
Tube lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Nearest tube: Leicester Square
Directions from Leicester Square :
(3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.
Car park: Q-Park: Chinatown (5mins) / Other: St Martin's Lane Hotel (1min)
In congestion zone?: Yes
Infrared hearing loop
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Duke Bluebeard's Castle
London Coliseum, London
Running time: 1hr 5mins (no interval)
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