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London Coliseum, London3.619 reviews
The world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel comes to ENO

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Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel tickets are available now for the new ENO season!

The legend of Jack the Ripper is known across the world, but what of the women who lived in terror while he stalked London’s Whitechapel neighbourhood in 1888?

Following the critical success of In Parenthesis Iain Bell now brings the story of these women to light with his newest undertaking Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel. Can the working-class women of Whitechapel come together to create a community of strength and friendship and survive the horrors of the night?

This 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. 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.

A world premiere co-produced with Opera North, this production draws on a wealth of singers long associated with ENO. These include Dame Josephine Barstow, Susan Bullock, Lesley Garrett, Marie McLaughlin, Janis Kelly, Alan Opie and Robert Hayward. Joining them is rising soprano Claudia Boyle. ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins and Artistic Director Daniel Kramer collaborate on this important commission, which also provides a showcase for the entire ENO ensemble.

ENO’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel tickets are now available, don’t miss this mesmerising production or the rest of the ENO season.


Additional Information

Age restriction

Children under 5 will not be admitted.

Running time

3 hours including the interval.

Performance dates

30 March - 12 April 2019


Recommended for ages 16 and above. Please be aware that this production contains adult content which is not suitable for young audiences.

Venue Information

London Coliseum33 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Customer Reviews

19 reviews3.6

Josep Llaveria13th April

The performance was excellent! However, it should not be allowed to ooen and close the doors by people or by the organizers during the show.

Margaret Rowe13th April

Interesting way of portraying the problems that beset the lower social classes of the East End in that period;their lack of power and opportunities to influence.Exceptional singing and scenery

Fergus Jamieson13th April

The work itself is a bit too long for comfort and the male characters were not always properly integrated into the piece, appearing episodically for reasons not always apparent, but the staging and singing were excellent and the casting of the women exceptional.


I've watched many different Operas and this one was not not fantastic. I found parts of it were very long for what the story was telling. It made me feel like Not everything can be adapted to Opera. This tale being one of hem. Also the Jack the Ripper element of the title is misleading... it's the story of the women and therefore should just have been titled as such. This does not take away f I'm the voices if which were great, but fat too many names when really only two characters could stand out...

Lucie Rihova13th April

Very nice performance!

Sally Fox12th April

Excellent production and performance. Very moving emphasis on the plight of the women caught in the turmoil of Whitechapel and the Jack the Ripper era. So glad I experienced this.

Roy Sanders11th April

Excellent production. Good surtitles otherwise words unintelligible as usual for ENO

Mrs Forrest11th April

the intro, where it was explained to us that they were making opera accessible for 'everyone' was a bit patronising for my taste as for the opera itself, the story took too long to get going & the singing was screechy, I think the singing should be beautiful and heartfelt, it wasent, and I left at the interval its a lovely venue though :)

Jane C11th April

Great singing and production. Could have done to have been a bit shorter and felt it lost its way a bit at the end. Otherwise thought it was excellent.

Joanna Backhurst9th April

The Women of Whitechapel was atmospheric, gripping and thought provoking. Really enjoyed the set and singing. Not 'showy' or over produced.

Gabriella9th April

I did not enjoy the show,left after the 1st part.

Emma6th April

Singing was beautiful. The story they were telling lost me.