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The Handmaid's Tale
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The Handmaid's Tale

01 Feb 2024 - 15 Feb 2024
2 hr 45 min with interval
Suitable for 15+
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Why Watch The Handmaid's Tale?

  • Watch Margaret Atwood’s novel on stage in the form of an opera in London's largest theatre, the London Coliseum.
  • First premiered in Copenhagen in 2000, this opera has been performed in several countries.
  • See the magic of Danish composer Poul Ruder through gospel music and medieval chanting that compliments the brutality of Gilead.
  • Follow the story of women, especially Offred, in the Republic of Gilead where they have no rights or freedom.
  • Directed by ENO’s Artistic Director Annilese Miskimmon, the opera explores the dark reality of the women in Atwood's story.

About Show

Show Details

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Based on the novel by Marget Atwood of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale is a powerful rendition by Danish composer Poul Ruder. First premiered in 2000 in Copenhagen, Margaret Atwood’s story has made the rounds around the world.

Watch the patriarchal dictatorship taking hold of Gilead where women are nothing more than trophies. Follow Offred’s struggles and fears as she navigates this new world. See her trying hard to hold on to her individualism and facing consequences for her actions.

The show is being directed by Annilese Miskimmon who has won awards such as International Opera Award, Guardian Theatre, Aarhus Stiften award, and more for her works. Poul Ruder’s score further enhances the brutality faced by the women in Gilead. The music transitions from loud chanting to a beautiful love duet and one can sense the unease that is a part of the story.

With a talented cast of Kate Lindsey as Offred, Susan Bickley as her mother, soprano Rachel Nicholls as Aunt Lydia, Avery Amereau as Serena Joy, James Creswell as The Commander and John Findon as Luke, this show is likely to be a hit. Get immersed in the dark reality of Gilead and go through a roller coaster ride as you follow the story of Offred in this new world.

The Story

The Handmaid’s Tale opera revolves around a handmaid named Offred who is considered little more than a trophy by the people around her. The story takes place in North America where the Republic of Gilead is formed after the assassination of the President of the United States. This new republic follows a patriarchal dictatorship with women having no rights or freedom.

When the wife of a high-ranking government official cannot bear offspring, Offred is forced to act as a proxy and bear a child for the wife. We see the injustice of this new world and how handmaids are viewed as properties. Watch the struggles of Offred in this new regime as she fights to maintain her individualism and freedom.

Show Timings

  • Feb 1, 8, 15: 7:30 PM
  • Feb 3, 10: 6:30 PM

Cast & Crew

  • Leading Roles: Kate Lindsey as Offred, Susan Bickley as her mother, soprano Rachel Nicholls as Aunt Lydia, Avery Amereau as Serena Joy, James Creswell as The Commander, and John Findon as Luke
  • Director: Annilese Miskimmon
  • Conductor: Joana Carneiro

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

  • Children aged under 15 will not be admitted to this show.
  • Please keep in mind that the theatre does not have an age classification organization. This means that all age recommendations are subjective. Please use your judgment while purchasing tickets for any show.

The Handmaid's Tale tickets are available now!

Book your online tickets for The Handmaid's Tale opera and secure your seats now! Watch this opera performance at the London Coliseum!

Booking Period: From 1 Feb - 15 Feb 2024

Tickets Redemption

  • E-tickets will be provided when you check-in online.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your The Handmaid's Tale voucher instantly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. A physical printout is not necessary.

Cancellation & Refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended or rescheduled.

The London Coliseum

Located on St. Martin’s Lane in central London, The London Coliseum Theatre is a popular West End Theatre. Designed by Frank Matcham, it is the largest theatre in London. Several stage plays, musical comedies, shows, etc. have been shown here over the years. However, today, the theatre is primarily used for opera. Currently, you can catch Satyagraha, The Handmaid’s Tale, Hairspray, The Valkyrie, etc. at this London theatre.

Seating Capacity: 2263

London Coliseum Theatre Seating Plan will help you find the best seats in the theatre.

Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

Address: St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4ES, UK

Tube: The nearest tube stations to the theater are Charing Cross, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, and Embankment.

Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 88, 91, 139, 159 and 179.

Available Facilities: In-house bar, Assistive Listening System, Wheelchair, Washrooms

Accessibility: London Coliseum Theatre welcomes disabled guests and strives to make the show accessible for everyone.

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the London Coliseum Theatre.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Outside Food: Outside food is strictly prohibited inside this venue.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Handmaid's Tale Tickets

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What is the opening date for The Handmaid's Tale opera?

The Handmaid's Tale opens on 1 Feb 2024 at London Coliseum.

What age is The Handmaid's Tale appropriate for?

The age limit for The Handmaid's Tale opera is 15+.

Where is The Handmaid's Tale playing in London?

The Handmaid's Tale is playing at London Coliseum in London and opens on 1 Feb 2024.

How long does The Handmaid's Tale opera run for?

The running time of The Handmaid's Tale is 2 hours 45 minutes with one interval.

What is The Handmaid's Tale about?

The Handmaid's Tale is an opera about the loss of agency, suppression of reproductive rights and how subjugated women in patriarchal society try to function and free themselves from their misery.

Who are the main stars of The Handmaid's Tale?

The main stars of The Handmaid's Tale are Kate Lindsey as Offred, Susan Bickley as her mother, soprano Rachel Nicholls as Aunt Lydia, Avery Amereau as Serena Joy, James Creswell as The Commander, and John Findon as Luke.

What is the dress code while attending The Handmaid's Tale?

There is no specific dress code at West End. However, it is prudent to dress in semi-formals or smart casuals and something comfortable. Carry a light sweater or a jacket as the theatre can get a bit chilly.

Is outside food allowed while attending The Handmaid's Tale opera?

No, outside food is not allowed while attending The Handmaid's Tale opera. Most theatres do have a cafeteria or bar inside the premises where you can get snacks and drinks.

What are the facilities available at London Coliseum?

London Coliseum has multiple facilities including a bar, restaurant, and toilets available for the audiences during The Handmaid's Tale opera.

Can I take pictures or videos of The Handmaid's Tale inside the theatre?

Photography, videography, and sound recording are prohibited inside the theatre. Some theatres do have a souvenir shop from where you can purchase pictures of stills of the show.

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