Full of melodies that are now the musical backdrop of modern life, Verdi’s Rigoletto is one of the world’s best-loved operas. Jonathan Miller’s production is the godfather of the genre. Set in Little Italy in 1950’s New York, it is a terrific night out: a fast-paced gangster saga of jealousy, love and revenge.

The title character is a wise-cracking mobster who uses words as weapons. But he shoots his mouth off once too often and a misplaced joke sparks a deadly vendetta. Now the joke’s on Rigoletto as the depraved Duke seduces his daughter, Gilda. Rigoletto vows to avenge her honour and his family name.

Verdi’s score features some of the most familiar and recognisable music in all opera. ‘La donna è mobile’ – ‘Women abandon us’ – has been taken up by everyone from film producers to Venetian gondoliers, entering the popular imagination. So, as well as the excitement of the gangster staging, expect to be left humming those memorable melodies for the next week or two.

Internationally renowned conductor and former Music Director of Opera North, Richard Farnes will conduct Verdi’s exciting score. Weston Hurt leads the cast in the title role, alongside Yongzhao Yu as ‘The Duke’ and Robyn Allegra Parton as Rigoletto’s infatuated daughter, Gilda.

ENO Harewood artists are represented by Amy Holyland, singing Maddalena, the assassin’s sister and Patrick Alexander Keefe as Marullo. William Thomas, who will sing Sparafucile, is a former ENO Harewood artist. This revival is directed by Elaine Tyler-Hall.

Assisted performances
BSL signed: Tuesday 19 November 2024 at 7pm

Important Information

Sung in English with the words displayed above the stage (Surtitles)

Age Restrictions

Ages 15+.

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances from Wed 30th October 2024 until Thu 21st November 2024.

Show times for each day are below.















London Coliseum Details

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(3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.

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Facilities at London Coliseum

Air conditioned


Disabled toilets

Infrared hearing loop


Wheelchair accessible

London Coliseum Location

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

Running until: Thu 21st November 2024

Running time: 2hrs 45min. Incl 2 intervals.