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The Gershwins'

Porgy and Bess

by George Gershwin,
DuBose and Dorothy Heyward,
and Ira Gershwin

Bess’s love for Porgy saves her from her dark past with Crown. But old habits die hard. When Crown returns, will a new life with Porgy save Bess from herself?

11 Oct - 17 Nov 2018

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess explores the relationships between members of a close-knit community in 1920s South Carolina.

More than 80 years after its premiere, Porgy and Bess receives its first ENO staging. Written for a large cast, with a 40-voice chorus specially formed for this production, and full orchestra, Porgy and Bess is infused with unforgettable melodies, including the much-loved ‘Summertime’. This is a stage work that is emotionally charged, powerful and moving, delivered through jazz, ragtime, blues and spirituals

Making their ENO debuts are conductor John Wilson and director James Robinson, the Artistic Director of Opera St Louis. Leading the cast are Eric Greene as Porgy and Nicole Cabell as Bess. Nmon Ford makes his role debut as Crown, and Latonia Moore, an outstanding ENO Aida, returns to the London Coliseum as Serena. British soprano Nadine Benjamin makes her company debut as Clara, while rising tenor Frederick Ballentine makes his UK debut as Sporting Life.

12 Evening Performances Remaining
2 Matinee Performances Remaining
Running Time
3hrs 00mins

Tickets start from £12 with 500 seats available at £20 or less for every performance.*

Pre performance talk
13 Oct 2018
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Signed Performance
29 Oct 2018
Sung in English. Our surtitles system projects lyrics above the stage.

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

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.

The worldwide copyrights in the works of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin in this presentation are licensed by the Gershwin Family.

GERSHWIN is a registered trademark of Gershwin Enterprises. Porgy and Bess is a registered trademark of Porgy and Bess Enterprises.

A Co-Production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam.

Supported by George and Patti White and a syndicate of supporters.


Creative Team

John Wilson


James Robinson


Michael Yeargan

Set Designer

Catherine Zuber

Costume Designer

Donald Holder

Lighting Designer

Luke Halls

Video Designer

Dianne McIntyre



Eric Greene


Nicole Cabell


Nmon Ford


Latonia Moore


Gweneth-Ann Rand


October 27, October 31, November 10

Nadine Benjamin


Tichina Vaughn


Donovan Singletary


Frederick Ballentine

Sporting Life

Rheinaldt Tshepo Moagi


Chaz'men Williams-Ali

Robbins/Crab Man

Byron Jackson


Sarah-Jane Lewis


Nozuko Teto

Strawberry Woman

Njabulo Madlala


Whitaker Mills


Thando Mjandana