Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer

It's a Wonderful Life

Christmas is for friends, family and guardian angels.

25 Nov–10 Dec 2022

The classic Christmas story, redefined for a new generation. 

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s operatic adaptation of the genre-defining Frank Capra film of the same name, It’s a Wonderful Life will transport you to the idyllic little town of Bedford Falls, where it’s a white Christmas – though not everything is merry and bright.

Down-on-his-luck banker George Bailey (Frederick Ballentine) feels like life has passed him by, so when his guardian angel (Danielle de Niese) pays him a visit, George is shown what life in his beloved Bedford Falls would be like without him in it: maybe it’d be a little less wonderful after all?

Aletta Collins makes her ENO debut directing and choreographing, with regular Heggie collaborator Nicole Paiement conducting the ENO Chorus and Orchestra alongside the all-star cast, which includes Gweneth Ann Rand, Jennifer France, Michael Mayes and more.

Create a new holiday tradition, book your opera tickets to Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life.

Based on the 1946 Frank Capra movie of the same name (by permission of Paramount Licensing Inc.) and “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern.

Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera with Co-Commissioners San Francisco Opera and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University

‘It’s a Wonderful Life just might be the opera we need right now’

Mercury News

6 Evening Performances Remaining
4 Matinee Performances Remaining
Running Time
2hrs 10mins

Our staff are on hand to make your visit as smooth as possible and we have an Access Scheme for our audiences with a disability, a health condition, or different access needs to ensure everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

Tickets start at just £10 plus £2.25 booking fee per ticket. A maximum of £9.00 per transaction is charged for Multi-Buy Packages.

Sung in English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

For more information, please contact the London Coliseum on 020 7845 9300 or box.office@eno.org

Discover It's a Wonderful Life

Creative Team

Nicole Paiement


Aletta Collins


Giles Cadle

Set Designer

Gabrielle Dalton

Costume Designer

Andreas Fuchs

Lighting Designer

Nick Lidster

Sound Designer

Aletta Collins


Gene Scheer



Danielle de Niese


Frederick Ballentine

George Bailey

Ronald Samm

Uncle Billy Bailey

Donovan Singletary

Harry Bailey

Jennifer France

Mary Hatch Bailey

Michael Mayes

Mr. Potter

Idunnu Münch

Angel Quartet

Keri Fuge

Angel Quartet

Zwakele Tshabalala

Angel Quartet

Ossian Huskinson

Angel Quartet

Gweneth Ann Rand

Mother Bailey

Alex Otterburn


Segomotso Shupinyaneng

Helen Bailey

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