Duke Bluebeard's Castle


Bartok’s opera DUKE BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE is playing two performances at the London Coliseum in 2024.

DUKE BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE is as taut and gripping as a thriller, but it resists easy categorisation. At once a study of an obsessive, violent man and an allegory of the battle of the sexes, DUKE BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE is a powerful story that incites thought as well as suspense.

Presented as a semi-staged concert performance by two internationally acclaimed performers in an hour of gripping psychodrama. This production is a two-hander, with Allison Cook singing Judith and Canadian baritone John Relyea, one of today’s finest basses, as Bluebeard. It is conducted by Martyn Brabbins, ENO’s Director of Music.

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What is Duke Bluebeard’s Castle about?

As Judith unlocks room after room in the castle of her new husband, Duke Bluebeard, we follow her deeper and deeper into the recesses of his troubled imagination.

Her descent takes us through a torture chamber, an armoury, a treasury and a garden, until we find a mysterious seventh chamber which holds her fate.

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Running Time

1hr 5mins (no interval)

Cast & Creatives

Martyn Brabbins (Conductor)

Allison Cook (Judith), John Relyea (Bluebeard)

Age Guidance: 12+

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Venue Information

London Coliseum

St Martin's Ln, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4ES

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