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Benjamin Britten

Paul Bunyan

Part of ENO Studio Live. A mythical giant leads a team of lumberjacks to create their dreams of a new world.

03 Sep - 08 Sep 2018

Composed by Benjamin Britten. Libretto by W. H. Auden. Performed by arrangement with Faber Music Ltd, London.

In a first for the company, English National Opera will perform Paul Bunyan, Britten’s retelling of the legend of the eponymous giant, as part of its ENO Studio Live series. ENO Studio Live presents the immense power of opera in intimate theatre environments while celebrating emerging and established UK talents.

Following his success with Jonathan Dove’s The Day After, part of the inaugural ENO Studio Live in 2017, Jamie Manton directs a production that explores dreams, and the nature of civilisation and its impact on the ecology of the world we inhabit.

The piece also marks ENO’s first ever staging at Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

Paul Bunyan features designs by Camilla Clarke, a winner of the 2015 Linbury Prize for Stage Design, who most recently designed Bad Roads at the Royal Court Theatre. It will be conducted by ENO Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow Matthew Kofi Waldren who has assisted on productions of Don Giovanni and The Barber of Seville, and conducted a performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the London Coliseum in 2018.

For disabled patrons, please note free carer tickets are available directly via the Box Office on 020 7845 9300 or at [email protected]


‘A brave step forward for ENO’

The Stage

‘More ENO Studio Live, please’

The Observer

5 Evening Performances Remaining
1 Matinee Performance Remaining

Tickets from £17.50*

Sung in English

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

All performances are at Wilton’s Music Hall, London, E1 8JB.

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]


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Creative Team

Matthew Kofi Waldren


Jamie Manton


Camilla Clarke


Jasmine Ricketts


Marc Rosette

Lighting Designer


Elgan Llyr Thomas

Johnny Inkslinger

Rowan Pierce


William Morgan

Hot Biscuit Slim

Claire Pendleton


Ella Kirkpatrick


Lydia Marchione


Graeme Lauren

Sam Sharkey

Trevor Bowes

Ben Benny

Adam Sullivan

Andy Anderson / Cronie

Geraint Hylton

Pete Peterson / Cronie

Paul Sheehan

Jen Jenson / Cronie

Andrew Tinkler

Cross Crosshaulson / Cronie

Robert Winslade Anderson

John Shears

Matthew Durkan

Hel Helson

David Newman

Western Union Boy

Michael Burke, Morag Boyle, David Newman, Paul Sheehan

Quartet of the Defeated

Paul Sheehan, Ronald Nairne, Pablo Strong

Solo Lumberjacks

Claire Mitcher, Rebecca Stockland, Susanna Tudor-Thomas

Wild Geese

Joanne Appleby, Amy Sedgwick, Pablo Strong

Young Trees