Iain Bell

Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel

A community of women under attack. A monstrous evil that brings death in the night. In the face of a terrible darkness, can friendship defeat fear and create a community united in hope?

30 Mar - 12 Apr 2019

The world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel, following his critically-acclaimed In Parenthesis. A disadvantaged group of working-class women are drawn together in their determination to survive the murderous terror that stalks London’s Whitechapel in 1888.

Iain Bell‘s new opera, with a libretto by Emma Jenkins, explores powerful themes of community and women struggling against the odds, posing questions about the hypocritical attitudes of ‘respectable’ society. The mythic status of the unidentified serial killer is addressed through a refreshingly modern lens, which speaks to us over a century later. With vocal and orchestral writing that always packs an emotional punch, Bell’s score features music that is mercurial and explosive one moment and heart-wrenchingly beautiful the next.

A world premiere co-produced with Opera North, this production draws on a wealth of singers long associated with ENO. These include Dame Josephine Barstow, Susan Bullock, Lesley Garrett, Marie McLaughlin, Janis Kelly, Alan Opie and Robert Hayward. Joining them is rising soprano Claudia Boyle. ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins and Artistic Director Daniel Kramer collaborate on this important commission, which also provides a showcase for the entire ENO ensemble.

6 Evening Performances Remaining

Tickets start from £12 with 500 seats available at £20 or less for every performance.* Aged 16-29 or a full time student? Join Access All Arias to get discounted tickets.

Pre performance talk
3 Apr 2018
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
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Language
Sung in English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

*Booking fee is £2.25 per ticket. A maximum of £9.00 per transaction is charged for Multi-Buy Packages.

Please be aware that this production contains some adult content which is not suitable for young audiences.

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

Music by Iain Bell
Libretto by Emma Jenkins

We operate security checks and do not allow drinks or food into the theatre. We do allow sealed water bottles. Additionally, water is available at every bar and on every level of the theatre. Please refer to our food and drink policy for more information.

Co-commission and co-production with Opera North

Supported by Peter and Fiona Espenhahn, ENO Contemporary and a syndicate of supporters

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Creative Team

Martyn Brabbins

Conductor

Daniel Kramer

Director

Soutra Gilmour

Designer

Paul Anderson

Lighting Designer

Cast

Claudia Boyle

Mary Kelly

Josephine Barstow

Maud

Janis Kelly

Polly Nichols

Marie McLaughlin

Annie Chapman

Susan Bullock

Liz Stride

Lesley Garrett

Catherine Eddowes

William Morgan

Writer

Alex Otterburn

Squibby

Alan Opie

The Pathologist

Robert Hayward

Commissioner of Police

Nicky Spence

Sergeant Johnny Strong

James Cleverton

The Photographer