Porgy and Bess

London Coliseum, London
Booking to 17 November 2018
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More than 80 years after its premiere, Porgy and Bess receives its first ENO staging.

Emotionally charged, powerful and moving, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess explores the relationships between members of a close-knit community in 1920s South Carolina.

Written for a large cast, with a 40-voice chorus specially formed for this production, and full orchestra, Porgy and Bess is infused with unforgettable melodies, including the much-loved ‘Summertime’.

Making their ENO debuts are conductor John Wilson and director James Robinson, the Artistic Director of Opera St Louis.

Leading the cast are Eric Greene as Porgy and Nicole Cabell as Bess. Nmon Ford makes his role debut as Crown, and Latonia Moore, an outstanding ENO Aida, returns to the London Coliseum as Serena. British soprano Nadine Benjamin makes her company debut as Clara, while rising tenor Frederick Ballentine makes his UK debut as Sporting Life.

Porgy and Bess runs from 11 October 2018 until 17 November 2018 at the London Coliseum.


Bess’s love for Porgy saves her from her dark past with Crown. But old habits die hard. When Crown returns, will a new life with Porgy save Bess from herself?


The cast features Eric Greene (Porgy), Nicole Cabell (Bess), Nmon Ford (Crown), Latonia Moore (Serena), Nadine Benjamin (Clara) and Frederick Ballentine (Sporting Life).


by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin.

Conducted by John Wilson, directed by James Robinson, set design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, choreography by Dianne McIntyre, lighting design by Donald Holder and video design by Luke Halls.


★★★★ ‘Spine-tingling’ The Times
★★★★Electrifying‘ The Independent
★★★★ ‘Should not be missed’ The Arts Desk
★★★★ ‘Superb cast’ The Stage
★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Financial Times

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 17 November 2018

Important Notes

Running time: 3 hours

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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