The Handmaid's Tale


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.

With a score influenced by minimalism, medieval chanting and gospel music, the dissonant brutality of Gilead is viscerally depicted in the music itself. This thought-provoking work, revived after a successful run in 2022, asks questions around State power and the fragility of freedom.

Directed by Annilese Miskimmon, the ENO’s Artistic Director and conducted by Joana Carneiro the production has an exceptional cast including mezzo-sopranos Kate Lindsey as Offred and Susan Bickley as her mother, with soprano Rachel Nicholls as Aunt Lydia, Avery Amereau as Serena Joy, James Creswell as The Commander and ENO Harewood Artist John Findon as Luke.

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What is The Handmaid’s Tale about?

Women have been entirely stripped of their freedom and rights in Gilead. Fertile women, Handmaids, are forced to reproduce with Commanders of the Republic. Terror is a daily reality for Handmaid Offred. She defies the regime, refusing to surrender her identity and independence.

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Running Time

3hrs 15mins

Cast & Creatives

Kate Lindsey (Offred), Rachel Nicholls (Aunt Lydia), James Creswell (The Commander), Avery Amereau (Serena Joy), Susan Bickley (Offred’s Mother), John Findon (Luke), Nadine Benjamin (Moira), Rhian Lois (Janine/Ofwarren), Madeline Shaw (Rita), Zwakele Tshabalala (Nick), Eleanor Dennis (Ofglen), Annabella Vesela Ellis (New Ofglen), Alan Oke (The Doctor)

Annilese Miskimmon (Director), Joana Carneiro (Conductor), Annemarie Woods (Set & Costume Designer), Yvonne Gilbert (Sound Designer)

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

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

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Venue Information

London Coliseum

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

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