Poul Ruders

The Handmaid's Tale

Memory is strength. Love is resistance.

4 Apr–14 Apr 2022

Based on Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel, Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale plunges us into the Republic of Gilead, where women have been entirely stripped of their rights and freedoms.

The opera tells the story of a Handmaid given the name Offred, one of the fertile women forced to reproduce with Commanders of the Republic. This thought-provoking work magnifies the issues of state control and the fragility of freedom, as Offred wrestles with the daily terror of her reality.

With Danish composer Ruders’s score influenced by minimalism, medieval chanting and gospel music, the dissonant brutality of Gilead is viscerally depicted in the opera’s music itself.

This powerful new production is directed by ENO’s Artistic Director Annilese Miskimmon and conducted by contemporary music specialist Joana Carneiro. An exceptional cast includes mezzo-sopranos Kate Lindsey as Offred, with Susan Bickley as her mother, soprano Emma Bell as Aunt Lydia, and Harewood Artist John Findon as Luke. 

Book your tickets to see The Handmaid’s Tale opera on stage at the London Coliseum.

5 Evening Performances Remaining
1 Matinee Performance Remaining
Running Time
2hrs 45mins

We offer brilliant opera experiences at a range of affordable prices. 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.

Suggested age guidance 15+. This production contains scenes of sexual violence and strong language.

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Discover The Handmaid's Tale

Creative Team

Joana Carneiro


Annilese Miskimmon


Annemarie Woods

Set & Costume Designer

Paule Constable

Lighting Designer

Imogen Knight

Movement Director

Akhila Krishnan

Video Designer

Yvonne Gilbert

Sound Designer


Kate Lindsey


Emma Bell

Aunt Lydia

Soloman Howard

The Commander

Frederick Ballentine


Rhian Lois


Pumeza Matshikiza


Elin Pritchard


Madeleine Shaw


Alan Oke

The Doctor

Susan Bickley

Offred’s Mother

John Findon