Arcola Theatre

Opera In The East: Bluebeard’s Castle

Béla Bartók, libretto by Béla Balázs

Directed by: Oliver James Hymans & Nick Connaughton

in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Bartók’s masterpiece comes to life with large-scale puppets, operated by a cast of community performers drawn from across East London. Music, dance, movement and puppetry will collide, as Judith and Bluebeard venture deeper into the castle…

Pack a picnic and enjoy a relaxing evening watching the performance. It’s completely free and there’s no need to book – just turn up!

Free open workshops on Saturday and Sunday

12pm-2pm: Learn how to build a hydrogen-powered car with the experts from Arcola Energy. We’re working towards becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral theatre.
3pm-5pm: Puppet making workshop
6pm-7pm: Aerial balloonography workshop

Featured Recorded Music: Bluebeard’s Castle – Opera North Recording, conducted by Richard Farnes and featuring John Tomlinson as Duke Bluebeard and Sally Burgess as Judith.

Puppetry by Oliver James Hymans
Image courtesy of Brent Eviston

Opera in the East is is part of the Local Programme at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Saturday and Sunday evening at 7.30pm
Running time: 1 hour approximately

This event is at Alfred’s Meadow (just down from Tumbling Bay Playground and Timber Lodge café), Queen Elizabeth Park. To plan your journey, click here.