Benjamin Britten

Peter Grimes

Unfriended. Unfollowed. Unravelling

4 Oct–11 Oct 2023

Featuring some of the most powerful and evocative opera music ever written, Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes paints a vivid picture of a small community’s transformation into a hateful mob in the face of a local tragedy.

Peter Grimes’ apprentice goes missing in mysterious circumstances. The townspeople’s mistrust of the fisherman then turns into something far darker. Gossip becomes suspicion. Suspicion descends into accusation. The villagers come together with devastating consequences to confront the outsider Grimes.

Part-psychological thriller and part-morality play, Peter Grimes is an elegantly simple story. Beautifully expressed musically, about ever-present forces of fear, suspicion and intolerance. Forces, that if left unchecked, repress our differences and drive us apart as individuals and communities.

The production is conducted by Martyn Brabbins, ENO’s Director of Music, and directed by longstanding ENO collaborator, David Alden. It features Gwyn Hughes Jones in the title role with former and current Harewood Artists, Elizabeth Llewellyn (as Ellen Orford), Alex Otterburn (Ned Keene) and, John Findon (Bob Boles).

Book your 2023 tickets now with the ENO to see one of opera’s most thrilling works, Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten, on the London Coliseum stage.

The role of Peter Grimes is generously supported by Mr Malcolm P Herring


Evening Standard

'a magnificent production of one of the most dramatically intense and musically virtuosic operas ever written.'


'superb company achievement'


Running Time
3hrs 15mins

There are two intervals.


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 £3.75 booking fee and £1.50 building levy per ticket. A maximum of £10.50 per transaction is charged.
Sung in English with the words displayed above the stage (Surtitles)

Age Guidance: 12+.

Please be aware that this show contains adult themes, depictions of violence, allusions to abuse of minors, and repeated instances of death.

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

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