Arcola Theatre presents

Das Rheingold

by Richard Wagner

Adapted by Graham Vick and Jonathan Dove
Orchestrated by Jonathan Dove

Director Julia Burbach
Music Director Peter Selwyn

The Rhine gold, guarded by three nymphs, holds immeasurable power. When the dwarf Alberich renounces love to steal it, he unwittingly sparks a battle for domination which will stretch from the depths of the river to the mountaintop home of the gods.

Director Julia Burbach and Music Director Peter Selwyn reunite after their award-winning production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Grimeborn 2018) with a new, contemporary take on the curtain-raiser to Wagner‘s Ring Cycle.

Jonathan Dove‘s acclaimed orchestration is performed in London for the first time since its premiere in the 1990s, with 18 live musicians from the Orpheus Sinfonia and an exceptional cast of singers, many of whom are giving role debuts.

Sung in German with English surtitles.


Praise for Julia Burbach and Peter Selwyn's The Rape of Lucretia:

★★★★★ “It is difficult to imagine a more powerful production”Plays To See

★★★★ “An emotional sledgehammer”Broadway World

★★★★ “Exactly what Britten wanted”Evening Standard

★★★★ “Crackles with tension”WhatsOnStage

★★★★ “Thoroughly engaging”The Spy In The Stalls