Benjamin Britten


A tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

8 Dec 2022

Depicting a Queen at her strongest, yet perhaps her most vulnerable, Gloriana serves a fitting tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, in this time of national mourning.

Benjamin Britten’s portrait of a monarch’s struggles, first composed for the Coronation of the late Queen Elizabeth II, Gloriana is presented as a concert performance, featuring the ENO Chorus and Orchestra under the baton of ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins, and featuring a bevy of ENO favourites, such as Charles Rice, Sophie Bevan, Alexandra Oomens and Alex Otterburn.

Set in the twilight years of Queen Elizabeth I’s (Christine Rice) reign, Gloriana focuses on the relationship between the monarch and the Earl of Essex, Robert Devereaux (Robert Murray). At first friends and confidantes, the Earl and Queen later become at odds with a series of unfortunate circumstances, including an attempted coup.

Join us in commemorating the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II, with this performance of Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana.

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Running Time
2hrs 30mins

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Sung in English, with subtitles projected above the stage

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Creative Team


Christine Rice

Queen Elizabeth I

Robert Murray

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

Paula Murrihy

Frances, Countess of Essex

Duncan Rock

Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy

Sophie Bevan

Penelope (Lady Rich)

Charles Rice

Sir Robert Cecil

David Soar

Sir Walter Raleigh

Alex Otterburn

Henry Cuffe

Alexandra Oomens

A Lady-in-Waiting

Claire Barnett-Jones

A Housewife

Innocent Masuku

The Spirit of the Masque

Willard White

A Blind Ballad Singer / The Recorder of Norwich

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