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London Coliseum, London4.424 reviews
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Affordable ENO Orpheus in the Underworld London opera tickets available now.

This is the English National Opera's next instalment of the Orpheus series that you won’t want to miss! Book your Orpheus in the Underworld tickets now to catch Offenbach’s Orpheus operetta at the London Coliseum from 05 October to 28 November 2019.

What is Orpheus doing in the Underworld?

The tale of Orpheus continues in this theatrical production and takes us to a hedonistic, party-filled Underworld. After the tragedy that sees Orpheus’ marriage to Eurydice broken, Eurydice is tricked into taking Pluto, ruler of the Underworld, as her lover. With the help of the glamorous, vain and yet, bored gods, Orpheus takes on the impossible challenge of trying to win his new wife back.

Who wrote this instalment of the Orpheus myth?

Orpheus in the Underworld was written by Jacques Offenbach in 1858. It is still one of Offenbach’s most notable operettas of which he produced almost 100 examples. He excelled at the art and it was his main achievement, even though his opera fantastique, The Tales of Hoffmann, is one of the most significant French operas of the nineteenth century. The French composer of German origins had a flair for writing some of the most attractive and melodious music of his time.

Offenbach’s all singing and all dancing operetta* score includes the famous ‘Can-can’.

What is an operetta and how is it different from an opera?

*An operetta, in simple terms, falls somewhere between an opera and a musical. An operetta was, in fact, made an international art form by Offenbach himself thanks to his pioneering work that is Orpheus in the Underworld. Offenbach wrote this at a time his theatrical licence prevented him from staging full-length operas and had to undergo lots of negotiations before premiering Orpheus in the Underworld.

Cast and creatives for the ENO production of Orpheus in the Underworld at the Coliseum

Ed Lyon (Zadok in Solomon, in concert) and former ENO Harewood artist Mary Brevan will portray Orpheus and Eurydice, respectively. Alan Oke (Shepherd in Oedipe) takes on the role of John Styx and Sir Willard White (Porgy in Porgy and Bess) takes on the role of Jupiter.

Joining them are ENO Harewood Artists Alex Otterburn and Idunnu Münch.

Making her ENO debut is director Emma Rice (The Red Shoes) who showcases her talents for humour and theatrical spectacle, that are perfectly suited for this production. Former ENO Music Director Sian Edwards returns to conduct.

Affordable London opera tickets for Orpheus in the Underworld will not last!

Whilst Orpheus faces a next to impossible task, you won’t need the help of gods to book your tickets for Orpheus in the Underworld. This chapter of the Orpheus series comes to the West End's London Coliseum beginning 5 October 2019 and you won’t want to miss out on this extravagant operetta, so be sure to get your tickets whilst you can!

Don't forget to check out other operas playing for the new English National Opera season here.

Additional Information

Running time

To be confirmed.

Performance dates

05 October - 28 November 2019

Special notes

PLEASE NOTE: Sung in English with surtitled for sung words displayed above the stage. The performance on Friday 11 October will NOT HAVE SURTITLES.


There will be a signed performance on Tuesday 26 November.

Venue Information

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

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Customer Reviews

24 reviews4.4

Deborah 30th November

Beautiful setting, great choreography and powerful singing. Marvellous!

Adrian Clinton29th November

Absolutely loved the performance - would definitely recommend.

Marion Wood29th November

I thought it was absolutely MARVELOUS, WONDERFUL and STUPENDOUS. Congratulations to the whole cast, backstage crew and fabulous orchestra. More of these productions please!!!

Mike Rose29th November

Excellent night of wonderful music & great fun!

Barry Million29th November

The performance was fantastic and smack bang up-to-date..the caption board was a usefull bonus appart from when I moved seats to the back row of the upper circle where I couldn,t see it.i moved seats because I have long legs and became uncomfortable.i thoroughly enjoyed it all in your wonderfull theatre.1st visit to this theatre.

Sir Kurt GMM Alberti28th November

I preferred the classical production. The second act was excellent but the final act contained far too much gratuitous sex and violence which detracted ffrom the music. The orhestra was excellent and Eurydice outstanding.

Boris Aynbund27th November

The music was beautiful, and the orchestra sounded amazing. The costumes were surprising, the scenography was interesting sometimes. The choir sounded fascinating. However, the idea and changed libretto appeared to be dissappointing and left us dissatisfied. Some parts and jokes looked more like a trivial stand-up show rather than operetta. In general, such modern interpretation of the original story is not appropriate and does not fit magnificent music.

Thomas T.27th November

Excellent production, made the operetta fun and up to-date! Would definitely recommend both for opera lovers and theatre enthusiasts looking for a good night out.

Mr Christopher Pascoe-white27th November

Great 1st experience however we felt the view was restricted from view and the production quite cheap, the performers though were all excellent!!

Nigel Davies22nd November

Why change King of the Beotians to King of Poland?

rebecca witting13th November

Shockingly brilliant, modern, funny, visually stimulating adaptation of Orpheus. Will be recommending it to everyone possible

Brian Colls9th November

Very imaginative and unique!