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Porgy and Bess

Closed November 17, 2018

The Gershwin's classic opera makes its ENO debut!

Why See Porgy and Bess?

Known and loved by many, Porgy and Bess makes its English National Opera debut this autumn. With a grand 40 piece chorus, full orchestra and the grandness that only the ENO can bring, this dark opera is set to make your spine tingle and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Written by George and Ira Gershwin, the production first opened on Broadway in 1935 to what some would consider a poor reception. Due to its racially charged themes and the then daring casting choice of classically trained African-American singers, Porgy and Bess certainly made waves. However, since then the Opera has become one of the best known and loved in the world. With countless revivals in both grand theatre's and smaller venues alike, its sweeping tale and classic score has made Porgy and Bess an ingrained member of any Operatic repertoire.

What is Porgy and Bess about?

Set in the crowded tenements of Charleston, South Carolina, Catfish Row is home to a close-knit community, Porgy a local beggar who spends his days selling his wares from his old cart stumbles upon Bess. Discarded and abused by her lover, Crown, Bess confides in Porgy who takes pity on her. As the pair battle Bess' demons and try to save her from ruin, the past begins to rear its ugly head, when Crown once again appears Bess must make a choice...

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Opening night: 11 October 2018

Cast and Creative


Eric Green as Porgy
Nicole Cabell as Bess
Nmon Ford as Crown
Latonia Moore as Serena
Nadine Benjamin
Tichina Vaughn as Maria
Donovan Singletary as Jake
Frederick Ballentine as Sporting Life
Rheinaldt Tshepo Moagi as Mingo
Chaz'men Williams-Ali as Robbins/Crab Man
Bryon Jackson as Fraizer
Sarah-Jane Lewis as Annie
Nozuko Teto as Strawberry Woman
Niabulo Madlala as Jim
Whitaker Mills as Undertaker
Thando Mjandana as Nelson


Directed by James Robinson
Conducted by John Wilson
Set Design by Michael Yeargan
Costume Design by Catherine Zuber
Lighting Design by Donald Holder
Video Designed by Luke Halls
Choreographed by Dianne McIntyre

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