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St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4ES

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Closed March 7, 2019

The final work in Phillip Glass' portrait trilogy is revived!

Why See Akhnaten?

Classical & Opera

An old order fades, a new age dawns

Phillip Glass' opera tracing the life of pharoah Akhnaten is revived in this production from director Phelim McDermott of the Improbable Theatre Company. This work is the third of the minimalist composer's portrait trilogy that also comprised operas about Einstein and Gandhi.

The operatic dialogue was composed using various texts taken from ancient letters, hymns, inscriptions and prayers; to add to the historic authenticity the opera is sung in Hebrew, Egyptian and Akkadian. Centred on the life and religious beliefs of the titular pharaoh, from the early years of his rein in Thebes, all the way to the modern day where his ghost and that of queen Nefertiti mourn their ruined city.

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Opening night: 11 February 2019


Sung in Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian with no titles

Please be aware that this production contains some full-frontal nudity which may not be suitable for young audiences.

Run time

Two hours 50 minutes including one interval

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