This evening (5 June) sees the opening of our new production of Berlioz’s dazzling opera Benvenuto Cellini. Directed by acclaimed film-maker and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam, audiences can expect a carnival of colour with jugglers, aerialists, showmanship and spectacle, as Gilliam brings his madcap imagination to this rarely-staged opera.
It's a tale of thwarted love, elopement, intrigue, disguise and mistaken identity, all of which combine to tell the story of celebrated 16th-century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini as he attempts to cast a bronze statue of Perseus.
Want to find out more?
- Watch production clips and audience reactions
- Read Terry's rehearsal diary featured in The Guardian
- Watch Terry explain the plot... through the medium of facial expressions
Benvenuto Cellini runs for 8 performances, until 27 June. Tickets available from £12.
Can't make it to the London Coliseum? Watch the production live in a cinema near you on 17 June: find your nearest cinema and book tickets.