In this classic Czech opera, Jenufa is guilty – but not of her baby's murder
In this Olivier Award-winning staging of the 1903 opera by Janacek, the setting is updated to an isolated 20th century industrial estate in the Eastern Bloc. Directed by David Alden, it gives the story a contemporary edge that makes it feel even more relevant for today's audiences – while remaining the same grim tragedy of infanticide, redemption and unsentimental realism. When her baby's body is found on her wedding day, Jenufa's guilt is plain to all. The village demands justice on a woman who would kill her child to clear the path for love. Except that she didn't. It was her stepmother who committed the murder. For Jenufa's sake. The powerful score is conducted by ENO's music director Mark Wigglesworth. American soprano Laura Wilde makes her role debut as Jenufa, with Michaela Martens as her stepmother the Kostelnička (widow of the churchwarden). ★★★★★ – The Times ★★★★☆ – The Guardian ★★★★☆ – The Scotsman ★★★★☆ – The Stage ★★★★☆ – The List Sung and surtitled in English. Runtime: 2 hours 35 minutes, including an interval. All ticket prices for Jenufa are inclusive of any booking fees: YPlan will not charge you any additional amounts for your tickets. When booking tickets, you can pick your seat from the seatmap once you've selected a date. For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Your patience and understanding is appreciated while these take place. Valid ID required for ticket collection. West End theatre ticket sales are final and bookings cannot be amended, exchanged or refunded (unless of course the performance is cancelled). All listed offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time.
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