London Coliseum, London

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Philip Glass‘ mesmerising Akhnaten returns to the London Coliseum following its magnificent revival  by director Phelim McDermott in 2016.

An extraordinary work, Akhnaten forms the last of Philip Glass’s trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas in which he looks at figures from the fields of science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi) and religion (Akhnaten).

This hypnotically mesmerising work uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian.

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the title role with Karen Kamensek – a specialist in Glass’s music – conducting for English National Opera.

Akhnaten plays a limited season from 11 February 2019 until 7 March 2019 at the London Coliseum.


Divine ruler of Egypt, husband to Nefertiti, father of a new religion.

Akhnaten decrees that the sun god rules supreme, and the old gods must be banished from their temples.

But instead, his people turn upon their Pharaoh as a traitor. Akhnaten must die. Will his new faith live on?


The cast features Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) Katie Stevenson (Nefertiti) Rebecca Bottone (Queen Tye)
James Cleverton (Horemhab) Keel Watson (Aye) Colin Judson (High Priest of Amon) Zachary James (Scribe).


Directed by Phelim McDermott, Akhnaten is conducted by Karen Kamensek with set design by Tom Pye, costume design by Kevin Pollard, lighting design by Bruno Poet choreography by Sean Gandini.


★★★★ ‘An inspired marriage of sight and sound’ The Independent

Important Notes

Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes Important Info: Sung in English with lyrics projected above the stage.

Theatre Information

London Coliseum
Address: 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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