Arcola Theatre in association with Hackney Empire


By Richard Wagner
Adaptation by Jonathan Dove and Graham Vick
Orchestrated by Jonathan Dove
By arrangement with Birmingham Opera Company

Directed by Julia Burbach

→ Book for Siegfried

→ 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 by arrangement with Birmingham Opera Company. 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 double bill of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.

Standing alone as a closed chapter within The Ring Cycle, Siegfried tells the story of the hero’s quest to rescue Brünnhilde from her flame-surrounded sleep on the rock, overcoming dwarves and dragons and guided by a magic woodbird on the way.

Siegfried and Brünnhilde are two lost children of the Gods, the daughter and grandson of Wotan, and in Götterdämmerung they find themselves isolated in a world increasingly torn apart by corruption and fear. Their resilience, courage and love are tested by the arch-villain Hagen, and eventually it becomes clear that only through insight and sacrifice can they bring a conclusion to the flawed world they find themselves in. Brünnhilde initiates the end of an era and her self-immolation re-establishes equilibrium to allow for renewal and a chance for a better future. The circle completes.

SIEGFRIED & GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG are part of Grimeborn Opera Festival 2022. Explore the full programme →


  • 120 minutes (no interval)
  • Sung in German with English surtitles


  • 150 minutes (including interval)
  • Sung in German with English surtitles

Praise for Die Walküre in 2021

★★★★★ ““Breathtaking, emotionally gripping””TheatreCat

★★★★★ “"Sensational!"”London Living Large

★★★★ “"Compelling"”The Stage