Benjamin Britten

War Requiem

Communities divided.
Generations shattered.
Nations split apart.
Can a world fractured by war ever make peace with itself?

War Requiem is one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. Benjamin Britten juxtaposes the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass. The result is a passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man.

Joining the production team as designer and making his ENO debut is the Turner Prize-winning artist and designer Wolfgang Tillmans. ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins conducts this new production created to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer’s contemporary staging seeks to examine and process the grief of the incomprehensible loss of life from wars past and present, offering us all a hope for the future.

War Requiem is performed by the combined forces of an 80-strong chorus, a children’s choir of 40 from Finchley Children’s Music Group, the full ENO Orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and three soloists.

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£2.50 from the sale of every War Requiem programme will be donated to War Child. Featuring a photographic insert by Wolfgang Tillmans, the souvenir programmes cost £9 and are available to purchase at the theatre.

'A deeply moving experience’

Evening Standard

'Musically the whole event is superb’

The Independent

‘Daniel Kramer directs an unforgettable staging’

The Stage

Running Time
1hrs 40mins

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.

Sung in English and Latin.
Our surtitles system displays the sung words and translation above the stage.

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

Please note this production does not include an interval.

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.

Co-production with National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying).

Supported by Linda Christmas and a syndicate of donors.

Photography Wolfgang Tillmans, lignin duress (d) (detail) 2014 © Wolfgang Tillmans


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