Franz Lehár

The Merry Widow

At the Embassy Ball, wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, leads her society suitors on a merry dance. But how will she win Danilo who counts her riches worthless?

The Merry Widow is Franz Lehár‘s comic masterpiece, played out in a stream of memorable melodies including the familiar ‘Vilja Song’ and ‘Merry Widow Waltz’.

With a truly glamorous setting, Lehár’s operetta centres on the relationship between the dazzling and wealthy young widow Hanna and Danilo, who has an appetite for wine and women.

As this delightful tale of a woman’s quest for love unfolds, their burgeoning romance is hampered by mishap, intrigue and comedic misadventure.

Making their ENO debuts with Lehár’s classic are director Max Webster (The Lorax at Old Vic) and sought-after Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska.

As the vivacious Hanna, ENO favourite Sarah Tynan returns for her second major appearance of the season. She is joined by Nathan Gunn as Danilo, while ENO legend Andrew Shore plays the pompous Zeta.

English lyrics by Richard Thomas
English book by April de Angelis

'Brings the house down'

The Independent

'The audience palpably loved every minute of the show'

The Daily Telegraph

'This energetic staging of Franz Lehar’s comic classic is a ribald treat'

The Times

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Running Time
2hrs 30mins

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.

Signed Performance
13 Mar 2019
Sung in English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

Please be aware that this production contains some mild bad language and sexual references which may not be suitable for those aged under 11 years old.

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