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(Duke) Bluebeard's Castle

Music: Béka Bártok. Libretto: Béla Balázs after the story by Charles Perrault.

Productions

Budapest, 1918
Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1957
London Coliseum, 1972
London Coliseum, 1978
London Coliseum, 1991, ENO
London Coliseum, 2009, ENO

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Budapest
As A kékszakállú herceg vára
First performance: 24th May 1918

CharacterPlayed By
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Sadler's Wells Theatre
First performance: 29th October 1957 (British stage premiere)

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London Coliseum
First performance: 17th March 1972

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London Coliseum
First performance: 8th February 1978 (Double bill with Gianni Schicchi)
English translation: Chester Kallman. Conductor: Charles Groves
Producer: Glen Byam Shaw. Designer: Ralph Koltai.
Costumes:Freda Blackwood. Lighting: Roger Firth.
Staff producer: David Ritch.

CharacterPlayed By
Duke BluebeardGwynne Howell
JudithElizabeth Connell

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London Coliseum
Double bill with Oedipus Rex
First performance: 23rd January 1991
English National Opera/ENO.
English translation: John Lloyd Davies. Producer: David Alden.
Designer: Nigel Lowery. Lighting Designer: Richard Riddell.
Staff Producer: Julia Hollander. Assistant Lighting Designer: Tom Mannings.
Conductor: Mark Elder (to Feb 15), Timothy Dean (from Feb 19).
Leader: Barry Griffiths. Music Staff: James Holmes, Jeremy Atkin.

CharacterPlayed By
ProloguePaola Dionisotti
PrologueGeorge Schreiber
BluebeardGwynne Howell
JudithSally Burgess
Bluebeard's Former WifeBarbara Rhodes
Bluebeard's Former WifeSirena Tocco
Bluebeard's Former WifeRosemary Allen
CelesteHelen Robertson-Barker
OrganHarry Bicket

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London Coliseum
Double bill with The Rite Of Spring
First performance: 6th November 2009.
ENO. English Translation: John Lloyd Davies.
Conductor: Edward Gardner. Assistant Conductor: Nicholas Ansdell-Evans.
Director: Daniel Kramer. Designer: Giles Cadle.
Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford. Choreographer: Luca Silvestrini.
Leader: Janice Graham.

CharacterPlayed By
BluebeardClive Bayley
JudithMichaela Martens
ActorsBobby Barker, Alexander Borisov, Eleanor Burke, Hannah Heaf, Ruth James, Gemma Johnson, Denise Mack, Andrew Monks, Tom Murphy, Georgia Oldman, Mitchell Stokes, Emma Warneford-Davis, Madison Warneford-Davis

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