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22 November–23 December 2017


Eugene Onegin

Music by Tchaikovsky

A new English version by Robin Norton-Hale

Directed by Lucy Bradley

Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose comes to Arcola for the first time with a new English version of Tchaikovsky’s sweeping opera, Eugene Onegin.

With a narrative that is both romantic and thought-provoking, the central character is the fiercely intelligent but naïve Tatyana, whose entanglement with Onegin results in a wiser, sadder but ultimately self-reliant heroine.

This new chamber version will transpose the story of Tatyana’s sexual awakening to the early 1960s, a world on the cusp of the women’s liberation movement when new thinking fought against the old ways. Infatuation and self-control do battle in well-tailored world of sleek suits, with seasonal allusions to the snow-swept Russian landscape of the original.

This is a coming-of-age story, a requiem for lost innocence and triumphant celebration of hard-won independence – told through some of the most glorious vocal music ever written.

OperaUpClose is a small, ambitious, Olivier Award-winning touring opera company (registered charity no. 1153307) producing innovatively staged, unintimidating and affordable re-imaginings of well-known works and premieres of new operas. Since our foundation in 2009, OperaUpClose has produced 28 operas: six world premieres of contemporary operas and twenty-two classic operas in newly commissioned chamber orchestrations and new English librettos.

#OUCOnegin @OperaUpClose


★★★★ Energy and zest
—The Observer
★★★★ Excellent
—The Stage
★★★★ Close-up opera brings intensity and directness
—The Times
An absorbing Onegin
—The Guardian
An honesty rarely seen in an opera house
—Evening Standard
Intense and multi-layered
★★★★ Engaging, personal and relatable
—The Reviews Hub


Lucy Hall & ​Alexandra Stenson


Felix Kemp & Tom Stoddart


Anthony Flaum & Cliff Zammit Stevens


Felicity Buckland


Flora McIntosh


Kathryn Hannah


Julian Debruil


Michael Bradley


​Saira Luther

Soprano Chorus

Caroline Daggett

Mezzo Chorus

Sonia Ben-Santamaria


Alison Holford


James Widden


Sarah Douglas



Alison Holford & James Widden


Robin Norton-Hale

Musical Director

Sonia Ben-Santamaria


Lucy Bradley


Rosanna Vize

Lighting Designer

Andrew May

Movement Director

Joe Wild

Fight Director

Roger Bartlett

Assistant Director

Annemiek Van Elst
Best £22 (£19 conc, £17 previews)
Standard £20 (£17 conc, £15 previews)
Value £16 (£14 conc, £12 previews)
Restricted £12 (£10 previews)

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
Matinee performances every Saturday at 3pm and on Wednesday 20 December 3pm
Press Nights: 29 & 30 November, 7.30pm

Free post-show discussions

Thursday 7 December, 9.45pm: Cast and Team Q&A

Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: 135 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:

Suitable for 12+
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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Arcola Theatre Production Company is a registered charity no.1108613. Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England no.5242988. Registered Office: 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL.

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