11 May - 2 Jun 2019 Age guide: 11 - adult

A Unicorn / English National Opera Production


Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, re-imagined for the modern age.

  • Directed by Purni Morell
  • Conducted by Valentina Peleggi
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  • Weston Theatre in the Unicorn
    Under 18s:
    £8 - £18
    £10 - £24
    Preview prices until 12 May
    Friends & Family Offer

Age guide: 11 - adult Duration: Approx 1 hr

Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, re-imagined for the modern age.

English National Opera and the Unicorn join forces for the very first time to create a new production of Purcell's powerful and emotional masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, for teenagers and adults.

Belinda is the only child of Dido. A teenager like any other, in any big city. We watch through her eyes as her mother - heroine, feminist icon, modern parent - slowly starts to fall apart, with tragic consequences.

Directed by the Unicorn's former Artistic Director Purni Morell and conducted by ENO's Valentina Peleggi, this contemporary production will be an incredible first experience for some, and for others a chance to see a familiar and much-loved opera in a new light.

Dido is sung in English and there is a seven-piece orchestra on stage.

Find out more about this contemporary staging of Dido and Aeneas - read our brief synopsis.

Please note: Dido’s suicide will be presented on stage – if you would like to know more about the decisions and details of this production please contact our Box Office.





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'[My son] was genuinely moved by it. And so was I.'
'An amazing version of Dido, I loved how it was not dumbed-down for the children.'
'I loved the proximity to the performers. I was completely immersed in what I was watching.'
'Great introduction to opera for young people in such an intimate space with a well thought out contemporary set and costume design.'
'Unpretentious storytelling sung by wonderful voices of a diverse cast, making it accessible to a wide range of people.'
'Wonderful to see how the orchestra is clearly part of the performance, even invited to drink some bubbly.'
'We really liked seeing a young, diverse cast, a female conductor and the orchestra on stage.'

For Schools

Suitable for School Years 7 - 13, college & university students
Free teachers' resource pack available
Tickets £10 / Non-fee school offers from £7
Got a question? Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com

Ticket Offers

Preview prices (11 - 12 May): under 18s £8 - £14 / adults £10 - £20
Mon - Fri: under 18s £8 - £16 / adults £12 - £22
Sat & Sun: under 18s £10 - £18 / adults £14 - £24

Family & Friends Offer from 15 May: Buy 4 tickets & save 15% (must include 1 adult / child ticket, excludes other offers). 

Cast & Creative Team

Principal Cast
Rachael Lloyd
Aenaes Njabulo Madlala
Belinda Eyra Norman

Claire Barnett-Jones
Alexandre Garziglia
Hanna-Liisa Kirchin
Whitaker Mills
Caroline Modiba
Feargal Mostyn-Williams
Themba Mvula
Lawrence Olsworth-Peter
Isabelle Peters
Daniel Rudge
Ross Wilson
He Wu

Nicholas Ansdell-Evans (Assistant Conductor/Harpsichord)
Rebecca Chambers (Viola)
Sophie Durrant (Violin 2)
Janice Graham (Violin 1)
Chris Hopkins (Assistant Conductor/Harpsichord)
David Miller (Theorbo)
Graham Mitchell (Bass)
David Newby (Cello)

Creative Team
Director Purni Morell
Conductor Valentina Peleggi
Lighting Designer David W Kidd
Stage Designer Khadija Raza 


This production is designed by Khadija Raza, a finalist of the Linbury Prize 2017. The Linbury Prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for Stage Design, providing a unique opportunity for graduating designers to work with some of the UK’s leading theatre, opera and dance companies.

Supported by The Linbury Trust

Show image by 
Hugo Glendinning
Production photography by Tristram Kenton
Rehearsal photography by Craig Sugden


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