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. Production originally created by The Royal Danish Opera. Running time 2 hrs 25 minsPerformers Stephanie Marshall (Offred), Heather Shipp (Offred's Double), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Serena Joy), Helen Field (Aunt Lydia), Andrew Rees (Luke), Mary Nelson (Janine/Ofwarren), Alison Roddy (Moira), Richard Coxon (Nick), John Graham-Hall (Doctor), Liane Keegan (Offred's Mother), Rebecca de Pont Davies (Ofglen), Stephen Richardson (Offred's Commander), Jacqueline Varsey (New Ofglen).
Author Poul Ruder. Lyrics Paul Bentley. Company English National Opera. Conductor Elgar Howarth. Director Phyllida Lloyd. Design Peter McKintosh. Lighting Simon Mills. Choreographer Andrew George.