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Carmen Tickets

London Coliseum, London

Fierce love can’t be tamed

A passionate tale of lust, seduction and betrayal, no other opera boasts such a popular a following as Bizet’s Carmen. Set during the dying days of Franco’s Spain, Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of this must see opera has been enjoyed by audiences across Europe.

Bizet’s dazzling score evokes all the sounds and sizzling atmosphere of Spain through some of the Opera’s most famous melodies, from Carmen’s seductive “Habanera” to the Toreador’s stirring parade.

Ginger Costa-Jackson plays the title role alongside Sean Panikkar, who returns to the role of Don José from the ENO’s 2020 production. Also returning to the ENO are audience favourites Nmon Ford (Escamillo), Sophie Bevan (Micaela), Matthew Durkan (Dancairo) and Keel Watson (Zuniga). The cast is rounded out by ENO Harewood Artists Benson Wilson, Alexandra Oomens and Innocent Masuku.

Book your opera tickets now for a taste of the Iberian peninsula, as Bizet’s Carmen returns to the London Coliseum.

What is Carmen about?

Carmen: a woman ablaze with passion, surrounded by men possessed by obsession and jealousy. One of opera’s most well-known characters sets herself on a road to tragedy when she meets Don José, a corporal in the army searching for love. 

More about Carmen

Don Jose, a northerner of a respectable family, was studying for the priesthood. He killed a man after a game of cards, and fled south to join the army. His mother and Micaela, an orphan girl whom she wishes her son to marry, follow him to the south and set up home in a village outside the town where Don Jose’s regiment is posted.

Who’s in the cast of Carmen?

The cast features Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen), Sean Panikkar (Don José), Nmon Ford (Escamillo), Sophie Bevan (Micaela), Matthew Durkan (Dancairo), Keel Watson (Zuniga), Artists Benson Wilson, Alexandra Oomens and Innocent Masuku.

Creative team

Directed by Calixto Bieito with set design by Alfons Flores, costume design by Mercè Paloma, lighting design by Bruno Poet and translation by Christopher Cowell.

Reviews of Carmen

★★★★ A dynamic staging of Bizet’s passionate tale of love, lust and betrayal. ‘Intelligent, fascinating music theatre’ - The Guardian
★★★★ ‘The audience is palpably gripped by the action’ - The Stage

Show Information

Age restrictions
This production is recommended for ages 15+. This production contains some adult content which may not be suitable for young audiences.
Running time
2 hours 45 minutes (including interval)
Performance dates
1 February 2023 - 24 February 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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Important Notes

Sung in English with surtitled for sung words displayed above the stage.

Venue Information

London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176
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