Poul Ruders

The Handmaid's Tale

Memory is strength. Love is resistance.

4 Apr–14 Apr 2022

Based on Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel, Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale plunges us into the Republic of Gilead, where women have been entirely stripped of their rights and freedoms.

The opera tells the story of a Handmaid given the name Offred, one of the fertile women forced to reproduce with Commanders of the Republic. This thought-provoking work magnifies the issues of state control and the fragility of freedom, as Offred wrestles with the daily terror of her reality.

With a score influenced by minimalism, medieval chanting and gospel music, the dissonant brutality of Gilead is viscerally depicted in the music itself.

This powerful new production is directed by ENO’s Artistic Director Annilese Miskimmon and conducted by contemporary music specialist Joana Carneiro. An exceptional cast includes mezzo-sopranos Kate Lindsey as Offred, with Susan Bickley as her mother, soprano Emma Bell as Aunt Lydia, and Harewood Artist John Findon as Luke. 

5 Evening Performances Remaining
1 Matinee Performance Remaining
Running Time
3hrs 15mins

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Language
Sung in English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

Suggested age guidance 15+. This production contains scenes of sexual violence and strong language.

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Discover The Handmaid's Tale

Creative Team

Joana Carneiro

Conductor

Annilese Miskimmon

Director

Annemarie Woods

Set & Costume Designer

Paule Constable

Lighting Designer

Akhila Krishnan

Video Designer

Imogen Knight

Movement Director

Cast

Kate Lindsey

Offred

Emma Bell

Aunt Lydia

Soloman Howard

The Commander

Raehann Bryce-Davis

Serena Joy

Frederick Ballentine

Nick

Rhian Lois

Janine/Ofwarren

Pumeza Matshikiza

Moira

Elin Pritchard

Ofglen

Madeleine Shaw

Rita

Alan Oke

The Doctor

Susan Bickley

Offred’s Mother

John Findon

Luke