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Why Watch The Handmaid's Tale?

-Watch Margaret Atwood’s novel on stage in the form of an opera in the largest theatre of London.

  • 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

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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 Emma Bell as Aunt Lydia, 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 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

  • Apr 4, 6, 8, 12, 14: 7.30 PM
  • Apr 10: 3 PM

Cast & Crew

  • Leading Roles: Kate Lindsey as Offred, with Susan Bickley as her mother, soprano Emma Bell as Aunt Lydia, and Harewood Artist John Findon as Luke.

  • Children aged under 15 will not be admitted to this show.
  • Please keep in mind that 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 and secure your seats now! Watch this opera performance at the London Coliseum!

Booking Period: From 4 Apr - 14 Apr 2022

Tickets Redemption

  • Contactless E-tickets will be provided for online check-in.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your The Handmaid's Tale voucher instantly. Please display the same on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. No need to take a printout.
  • Online Venue Check-In: Please note you will be contacted by the venue 48 hours before the performance with instructions on how to check-in and retrieve your e-ticket.

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.

SEE IT SAFELY: The London Coliseum operates strictly under the government COVID-19 guidelines.

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.

FAQs | The Handmaid's Tale

How can I buy tickets to the West End show The Handmaid's Tale?

You can book online tickets to The Handmaid's Tale from 4 Apr- 14 Apr 2022.

How much are the tickets for The Handmaid's Tale?

The ticket price for the Handmaid's Tale will vary with the seats you choose. However, tickets can be purchased at prices starting from £33.33.

What age is The Handmaid's Tale appropriate for?

The Handmaid's Tale is recommended for ages 15 and above.

How long is The Handmaid's Tale?

The Handmaid's Tale runs for 3 hours and 15 minutes.

When is the opening date of the Handmaid's Tale opera in London?

The Handmaid's Tale will start playing in London Coluseum Theatre from 4 Apr 2022.

Where is the West End show The Handmaid's Tale playing in London?

You can watch the West End show The Handmaid's Tale at London Coliseum Theatre.

How can I buy discount tickets to the West End show The Handmaid's Tale?

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Are there accessible tickets for The Handmaid's Tale?

Yes. Since the London Coliseum Theatre welcomes disabled guests and strives to make the show accessible for everyone, viewers can purchase accessible tickets for The Handmaid's Tale.

Do I need to purchase The Handmaid's Tale ticket for my child?

Yes. Children above the age of 15 can attend The Handmaid's Tale with a separate ticket.

Are cheaper tickets available for The Handmaid's Tale?

Yes. Depending on the seat of your choice, you can find cheaper tickets for The Handmaid's Tale. Click here to view your various ticket options.

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