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London Coliseum, London4.546 reviews
When a figure from her dark past returns, will her new life with Porgy be enough to save Bess from herself?

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Porgy and Bess tickets are now available. Do not miss this Gershwin masterpiece as it makes its ENO debut!

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess explores the relationships between members of a close-knit community in 1920s South Carolina.

More than 80 years after its premiere, Porgy and Bess receives its first ENO staging. Written for a large cast, with a 40-voice chorus specially formed for this production, and full orchestra, Porgy and Bess is infused with unforgettable melodies, including the much-loved ‘Summertime’. This is a stage work that is emotionally charged, powerful and moving, delivered through jazz, ragtime, blues and spirituals.

Making their ENO debuts are conductor John Wilson and director James Robinson, the Artistic Director of Opera St Louis. Leading the cast are Eric Greene as Porgy and Nicole Cabell as Bess. Nmon Ford makes his role debut as Crown, and Latonia Moore, an outstanding ENO Aida, returns to the London Coliseum as Serena. British soprano Nadine Benjamin makes her company debut as Clara, while rising tenor Frederick Ballentine makes his UK debut as Sporting Life.

The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess tickets are now available, don’t miss this incredible production or the rest of the ENO season.

Additional Information

Age restriction

Children under 5 will not be admitted.

Running time

3hr (inc. interval)

Performance dates

11 October - 17 November 2018

Special notes

Sung in English, with subtitles projected above the stage

Venue Information

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

Customer Reviews

46 reviews4.5

Janette McDonald24th November

Loved the production and cast, particularly Porgy who had an amazing voice and presence on the stage. The chorus was excellent,. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Worth the trip from Edinburgh. X

David Tall20th November

I have loved the music of Gershwin since I was a teenager, 50 years ago and have been waiting for this performance for years. I have personally corresponded with Ira, conducted Gershwin's own Porgy and Bess Suite using the same orchestral parts that George used in his 30s tour with a photocopy of his original score. I co-wrote a musical entitled 'By George' that was declared the Midlands Musical of the Year by the Birmingham Post. This performance at the Coliseum was the best possible. Perhaps Nicole Cabell (a wonderful performer) was too operatic for the part of Bess, but she and the whole of the rest of the cast were magnificent. Tears streamed down my face as I listened to Serena's My Man's Gone Now. The selected cuts (including the opening jazz piano and chorus of the opening) generally tightened up the story and the recitatives worked flawlessly. I look forward to the recording... Thank you! Professor David Tall


Excellent and on a befittingly grand scale. This version of Porgy and Bess does justice to the Gershwin masterpiece

Kim Green18th November

Excellent production, brilliant cast, absolutely loved it!

Michelle tydeman18th November

Very disapointed with the sound, could not hear what they were singing

caroline Sharp18th November

Excellent performance, seats in upper circle not bad but steep.

DR S GIBEON15th November

A most wonderful production had me in tears

Philip Crofts15th November

Brilliant work, beautiful music, good production and performances. A fabulous evening.

Dianne Knox13th November

Fabulous production ...cast, sets, orchestra and of course the excellent Porgy. Well Done

Mr Davis11th November

Well staged. Some good voices although many of them too vibrato for my taste. Love the opera, seen it several times before. We had a good time.

A L Y11th November

My friend and I had Balcony seats rows K and J. Unbearably uncomfortable - literally; we had to leave at the interval. Seat depth (front to back) far too shallow, rigidly upright backs, no legroom and very little padding. People all around us were complaining of the same. Throughout show the audience were shifting, bobbing about and clearly uncomfortable. These seats should be marked as unsuitable for people with musculo-skeletal problems, tall people, outsize people, claustrophobic people, people who like to be able to concentrate on the show they paid to see, etc. You get the picture.

Crispin Aylett11th November

My wife and I thought that it was outstanding. Magnificent performances by all cast - special mention to the understudy for Sandra.