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24 July– 4 August

Arcola Theatre

The Rape of Lucretia

Directed by Julia Burbach

Music: Benjamin Britten   |  Words: Ronald Duncan

In Rome, 510 BC, Lucretia is sought out in the night by the prince Tarquinius.

In Dalston, 2018 AD, a man and a woman invite you to watch a re-enactment.

Benjamin Britten coined the phrase ‘chamber opera’ to describe his haunting and provocative masterwork, The Rape of Lucretia.

Returning to Grimeborn after her revelatory productions of Madama Butterfly and Tosca, rising star Julia Burbach directs a daring new staging, turning the lens on the representation of women from ancient myths to the #MeToo movement.

Live music, performed in English

This production is made possible by the generous support of the Grimeborn Funders’ Circle.
Contrary to some print materials, there is no performance on Tuesday 31 July. There is a performance on Monday 30 July.

★★★★★ A triumph, the power of both the music and story is almost overwhelming. This is a perfect example of what Grimeborn does best and it is difficult to imagine a more powerful production of this gripping chamber opera
—Plays To See
★★★★ An emotional sledgehammer to the heart, to the soul and, in the #MeToo climate, to the mind too. Director Julia Burbach delivers - so do her excellent cast
—Broadway World
★★★★ Rob Murray and Natasha Jouhl make the Male and Female Chorus complex figures, not the empty ciphers they often resemble, while Benjamin Lewis’s Tarquinius is a tightly coiled spring of sexual malice ... exactly what Britten wanted
—Evening Standard
★★★★ Julia Burbach’s production sheds an interesting new light on the narrative, the characters and, in this case, the audience too
—Spy in the Stalls
  • Credit: Robert Workman

  • Credit: Robert Workman

  • Credit: Robert Workman

  • Credit: Robert Workman

  • Credit: Robert Workman

  • Credit: Robert Workman

  • Credit: Robert Workman

  • Credit: Robert Workman

  • Credit: Robert Workman

  • Credit: Robert Workman

  • Credit: Robert Workman


James Corrigan


Bethan Langford


Benjamin Lewis


Rob Murray

Male Chorus (first week)

Nick Pritchard

Male Chorus (second week)

Natasha Jouhl

Female Chorus

Claire Swale


Katharine Taylor-Jones


Andrew Tipple


Orpheus Sinfonia


Anna Roder

Violin I

Cara Laskaris

Violin II

Charlotte Lake


Daniel Benn


Frances Emery

Double Bass

Pasha Mansurov

Flute / Piccolo / Alto Flute

Peter Facer

Oboe / Cor Anglais

Rosemary Taylor

Clarinet / Bass Clarinet

Christina Marroni


Tom Bettley

French Horn

Tamara Young


Tim Evans



Benjamin Britten


Ronald Duncan


Julia Burbach

Music Director

Peter Selwyn


Bettina John

Lighting Designer

Rob Price

Costume Assistant

Thomas Derbyshire

Orchestra Manager

Rosie Taylor

Assistant Conductor

Kelvin Lim

Assistant Directors

Mark Burns, Lysanne van Overbeek

Assistant Designer

Xinwen Zhang

Make-up Artist

Yun Geng
Best £26
Standard £22
Value £15
Restricted £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Concessions (apply to Standard and Value seats):
26 and under / Student - 20% off
Over 65s - 20% off
Unemployment Benefits - 20% off
Disabled - 20% off, or free companion ticket (call 020 7503 1646)
Theatre Union Members - 10% off
School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12, one free teacher per 10 students
Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

Running time: 105 minutes approximately .

Press enquiries: Kevin Wilson —

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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