19 May – 18 June 2022

Barney Norris’ new play is a love song to the people who raised him, and a hymn to the bravery of our brief lives.

23 August – 27 August 2022

Director Emma Jude Harris sails this radical rethink of Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved H.M.S. Pinafore to Grimeborn. This production looks beyond the fun and frills of Savoy opera to offer a sharp critique of the piece’s underlying imperialism. Join this classic as it makes new waves.

1 June – 18 June 2022

“Some guys listen to music, some guys like to sing. I like to work people out.” Rainer is a solitary bicycle delivery rider, whizzing across London, delivering food to whoever will summon her. From luxury flats to leafy suburbs, she loves to create stories in her head, re-imagining the city as one of her favourite …

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28 June – 23 July 2022

Tickets are now on-sale to the general public As their 30th wedding anniversary approaches, Alice and Edgar are locked in a bitter struggle. They’ve driven away their children and their friends. Their relationship is sustained by taunts and recriminations. When a newcomer breaks into the midst of the fray, their insular lives threaten to spin …

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26 July – 30 July 2022

See Ensemble OrQuesta’s 5-star production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea – musically authentic performances offering a modern interpretation of a 17th-century story exploring ambition, love, and lust, creating a fusion hailed as ‘sensual, dramatic, and compelling’.

2 August – 6 August 2022

Exiled from a country immersed in civil war, two clowns find themselves in the heart of the Parisian underworld at a time of revolution. Black, el Payaso / Black, the Clown is one of Pablo Sorozábal‘s most ambitious and wide-ranging work. An ingenious allegory of art and nationalist politics, its sharp and political edge that …

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6 August – 7 August 2022

→ Book for Siegfriend → Book for Götterdämmerung Grimeborn Festival marches on inexorably towards the dramatic conclusion of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, in Graham Vick’s and Jonathan Dove’s innovative reduction. Following on from the acclaimed productions of Das Rheingold, at the Arcola Theatre in 2019, and Die Walküre last summer at Hackney Empire, Arcola Theatre completes the Ring Cycle with a …


9 August – 13 August 2022

Supermarket check-out girl Carmen brazenly flirts with the new security guard Don Jose, much to the confusion and embarrassment of his fiancée Micaela, when Carmen’s ex-boyfriend turned TikTok celebrity Escamillo shows up.

10 August – 13 August 2022

Dame Ethel Smyth’s comic opera put female emancipation centre stage when it was premiered in 1916. Spectra Ensemble 1950s-set revival is a real summer treat which returns to Grimeborn after a sell-out run in 2018.

17 August – 20 August 2022

Tamino and Pamina find themselves caught between the machinations of the Queen of the Night and her enemy Sarastro, on a quest for truth, honesty, love and balance.

25 August 2022

A little sin can’t kill you… Can it? Don’t miss the world premiere of this original musical that blends jazz with contemporary pop. It has to start somewhere.

31 August – 3 September 2022

Judith stands on the threshold of Bluebeard’s Castle. Needing to know what secrets lie beyond the seven locked doors and within the man she loves, she steps into the darkness.

2 September 2022

Odysseus’s wife, Penelope, is traditionally seen through the lens of her husband. Here she is re-envisioned to portray the different fates of women and how artistic expression keeps them strong, with Penelope’s story as the unifying thread. Invited reading. Bluebeard’s Castle is part of Grimeborn Opera Festival 2022. Explore the full programme →

4 September 2022

Poignancy and comedy mix in a shifting kaleidoscope of sign languages and spoken word, where Deaf performers are played like musical instruments, where drums beat to the sound of speech and song, where silence is as deep as the world.

5 September – 7 September 2022

Opera at Home present a double bill and i decided… (Monday-Wednesday) Ever wonder what happened to Nora, the protagonist of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” after slamming the door behind her? Or Alice of “Alice in Wonderland” in the years after her adventures? Or what the participant of the adult film thinks? The set of operatic …

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9 September – 10 September 2022

The Unravelling Fantasia of Miss H. is a new contemporary opera inspired by the true story of Mary Frances Heaton b.1801 based on her embroidered words of defiant protest and surviving medical records from her confinement in Wakefield Asylum.