Experience the chilling world of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, brought to life in Poul Ruders’ mesmerising opera adaptation. With a score deeply inspired by medieval chants and gospel music, this production, accompanied by a minimalist libretto by Paul Bentley, captures the brutal dissonance of the Republic of Gilead.
Step into a dystopian society where women have been stripped of their freedom and rights. In this gripping tale, fertile women known as Handmaids are cruelly forced to reproduce with the Republic’s Commanders. Follow the courageous journey of Handmaid Offred as she defies the regime, refusing to relinquish her identity and independence, even in the face of constant terror.
This captivating revival, which garnered great acclaim in 2022, challenges the concept of State power and explores the delicate nature of freedom. Directed by the talented Annilese Miskimmon, the ENO’s Artistic Director, and conducted by Joana Carneiro, this production boasts an exceptional cast. Prepare to be moved by the outstanding performances of mezzo-sopranos Kate Lindsey as Offred and Susan Bickley as her mother, alongside soprano Rachel Nicholls as Aunt Lydia, Avery Amereau as Serena Joy, James Creswell as The Commander, and ENO Harewood Artist John Findon as Luke.