ENO Studio Live: The Day After

Phaeton fancies himself a God, but his youthful impetuousness leads to disaster and tragedy.

Directed by Jamie Manton, a regular ENO Staff Director, and conducted by James Henshaw, ENO’s Chorus Master, The Day After tells the story of Phaeton, son of the Greek Sun God Phoebus. Challenging his father to let him drive the chariot of the Sun, Phaeton fancies himself a God, but his youthful impetuousness leads to disaster and tragedy. The production features designs by Camilla Clarke, winner of the 2015 Linbury Prize for Stage Design.

First performed by Holland Opera at Fort Rhijnauwen in the province of Utrecht, this is the UK premiere of a new choral version of The Day After with a libretto from April de Angelis. Originally commissioned by Opera Holland with assistance from the Eduard van Beinum Foundation.

Licensed by arrangement with Peters Edition, London.

ENO Studio Live
ENO Studio Live is part of our investment in talent development. We have created a series of performances that enable our Staff Directors to create and deliver their own fully staged productions within a studio environment. It also allows scope for members of the ENO Chorus to take on principal roles.

ENO Studio Live is staged in Studio 3, Lilian Baylis House, West Hampstead, NW6 3AX.

A drinks bar will be available every evening.

Our Rehearsal Studios in West Hampstead, behind the original façade of the West Hampstead Town Hall, were previously the Decca Recording Studios and hosted many classical recording sessions, alongside five albums by The Moody Blues, the formation of Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie’s first single Liza Jane.

Running Time
1hrs 15mins

This is an opera in one act. There is no interval.
The performance contains one scene with mild adult content and scenes with flashing lights.


Tickets £25, or buy tickets for both ENO Studio Live: Trial by Jury and The Day After at the same time for only £40*.
Disabled and student concessionary tickets are available for £12.50 by calling our box office.


Performances at Lilian Baylis House, NW6 3AX. Entrance to Studio 3 is at the back of the building on West Hampstead Mews.
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For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or box.office@eno.org.

*ENO charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.


Creative Team

April de Angelis


James Henshaw


Jamie Manton


Camilla Clarke


Tom Mannings

Lighting Designer

Jasmine Ricketts

Movement Director

ENO Chorus

Members of the ENO Orchestra


Claire Mitcher

Young Woman

Rachael Lloyd

Woman / Mother

Susanna Tudor-Thomas

Old Woman

William Morgan

Young Man / Phaeton

Robert Winslade Anderson

Old Man / Phoebus