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Based on Margaret Atwood's novel. Following a violent overthrow of the United States government by a religious dictatorship, women are denied the right to read, work, own property or enter into relationships other than first marriages. Those who defy the system are arrested, indoctrinated and then assigned to childless families for the sole purpose of procreation. Offred, the title character, attempts to subvert this regime with disturbing and fateful results.

Author Poul Ruder. Lyrics Paul Bentley.

Archive listings for The Handmaid's Tale

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Production originally created by The Royal Danish Opera. Running time 2 hrs 25 minsCompany English National Opera. Conductor Elgar Howarth. Director Phyllida Lloyd. Design Peter McKintosh. Lighting Simon Mills. Choreographer Andrew George. Performer Stephanie Marshall (Offred). Performer Heather Shipp (Offred's Double). Performer Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Serena Joy). Performer Helen Field (Aunt Lydia). Performer Andrew Rees (Luke). Performer Mary Nelson (Janine/Ofwarren). Performer Alison Roddy (Moira). Performer Richard Coxon (Nick). Performer John Graham-Hall (Doctor). Performer Liane Keegan (Offred's Mother). Performer Rebecca de Pont Davies (Ofglen). Performer Stephen Richardson (Offred's Commander). Performer Jacqueline Varsey (New Ofglen).
3 Apr 03 to 2 May 03London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L736344494

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