Why See The Handmaid's Tale?
Margaret Atwood's unsettlingly prescient cultural phenomenon is lifted from the page to the stage in this haunting adaptation by Poul Ruders and Paul Bentley. First seen in Copenhagen in 2000, this critically acclaimed opera returns London in this fantastic staging directed by the ENO's Artistic Director Annilese Miskimmon.
The Handmaid's tale details one woman's terrible fate in a theocratic dystopia. An unforgettable story of rebellion, loss, and the remarkable power of hope in extraordinary, but increasingly more likely circumstances.
May the Lord open - the story of The Handmaid's Tale
Following the downfall of the United States of America to a militant theocratic group sometime in the not-too-distant future, a generation becomes indoctrinated into the Republic of Gilead. A fascistic religious society, all women are now without suffrage or rights, but those deemed 'sinners' suffer an even more twisted fate - to become 'Handmaids' - the fertile slaves to childless couples. Bound to keep reproducing or face exile or even death. But now one Handmaid, Offred, has had enough of this frightening reality and vows to stop at nothing to tear Gilead down. Recognizable from both Atwood's books and the Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale is a landmark of speculative fiction that grows evermore prescient by the day.
Opening night: 1 February 2024
This production is recommended for ages 15+.
Three hours and 15 minutes with interval
And before you stop reading
Sung in English. With surtitles above the stage
You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.
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A melodramatic, monotone of negativity. Part of going to an Opera is listening... more
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