English National Opera and Opera North present the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel.
Iain Bell‘s new opera, with a libretto by Emma Jenkins, explores powerful themes of community and women struggling against the odds, posing questions about the hypocritical attitudes of ‘respectable’ society.
A disadvantaged group of working-class women are drawn together in their determination to survive the murderous terror that stalks London’s Whitechapel in 1888.
The mythic status of the unidentified serial killer is addressed through a refreshingly modern lens, which speaks to us over a century later. With vocal and orchestral writing that always packs an emotional punch, Bell’s score features music that is mercurial and explosive one moment and heart-wrenchingly beautiful the next.
Jack The Ripper runs from 30 March 2019 until 17 April 2019 2018 at the London Coliseum.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
A community of women under attack. A monstrous evil that brings death in the night. In the face of a terrible darkness, can friendship defeat fear and create a community united in hope?
WHO’S IN IT? JACK THE RIPPER CAST
The cast features Dame Josephine Barstow, Susan Bullock, Lesley Garrett, Marie McLaughlin, Janis Kelly, Alan Opie, Robert Hayward and Claudia Boyle.
Conducted by Martyn Brabbins, directed by Daniel Kramer with design by Soutra Gilmour and lighting by Paul Anderson.
Theatre InformationLondon Coliseum
Address: St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
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