Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts looks forward to the opening of Peter Grimes at Opera North this weekend. Read More
14 Sep - 23 Nov 2013
Revival of 2006 production
‘The operatic event of the year’ The Sunday Times
Set in a small fishing community on the English coast, this astounding opera is an utterly absorbing, emotionally compelling experience, not to be missed. Britten’s atmospheric music takes powerful inspiration from the sea, vividly portraying the human drama unfolding around the outsider Peter Grimes.
Running time: approx 3 hours (including 2 intervals)
Festival of Britten Special, book 3 Britten operas and get one free.
Season supported by:
The Opera North Future Fund
Opera North's masterful version of Britten's opera gets a mandatory revival for the composer's centenary, and it's even better than ever
The Guardian - Full Review ›
A very welcome and triumphant revival of Peter Grimes begins Opera North’s Festival of Britten season [...] This production confirms yet again that it is the most significant British opera of the last century.
Bachtrack - Full Review ›
Lloyd’s staging is even better now than when new.
The Times - Full Review ›
Seven years after its premiere, Phyllida Lloyd's production of Peter Grimes continues to be an exhilarating and deeply moving experience which at times grabs the audience by its collective throat.
Opera Britannia - Full Review ›
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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre
Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)
Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!
Ham & Friends
10% off food & drink deal with Ham & Friend on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance.
Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays.
Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required.
Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre.
Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm.
Veritas Ale & Wine Bar
Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.
Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.
Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.
Box office: 0843 208 6000
There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level.
The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/
From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.
100 Grey Street
Box office: 08448 112121
Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.
The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.
There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.
Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.
Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.
The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.
Box Office: 0115 989 5555
Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal.
Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham
The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.
Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares.
Discover exciting pre-theatre dining options for Nottingham Theatre Royal.
Peter Grimes is widely acknowledged as Britten's greatest operas - single-handedly kickstarting an opera renaissance in Britain after its premiere in 1945. Containing some of the composer's most powerful and dramatic music, it will be brought alive by Jac van Steen and many of the original cast including Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts.
Winner of both the South Bank Opera Award and the Royal Philharmonic Society Opera Award, Phyllida Lloyd's extraordinary production is an absolute highlight of Opera North's history. Visually spare and narratively lucid, the production's overwhelmingly vivid and immediate emotional impact has enthused audiences and critics alike.
Peter Grimes is based on part of George Crabbe's poem 'The Borough' (you can read the relevant section here).
Britten originally approached Christopher Isherwood (whose chronicles of his life in 1930s Berlin inspired the musical Carbaret) to write the libretto for Peter Grimes. Only when Isherwood declined, did Britten ask the playwright Motagu Slayer.
Harvey Nichols: Prix Fixe & Prosecco
Using only seasonal ingredients of the freshest quality from both local and distant sources visit the Fourth Floor Café at Harvey Nichols Leeds and enjoy two courses and a glass of Prosecco for £20 when you dine from our Prix Fixe menu. Diners also have the option to upgrade to three satisfying dishes and a glass of Prosecco for £22.50- an offer not to be missed! Available Tuesday – Friday, between 5.30pm – 10pm. Booking is essential, please call the Fourth Floor Café on 0113 204 8000 or email email@example.com quoting OPERA NORTH.
Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Just a short walk from the theatre, another fantastic dining option is The Reliance (76-78 North Street).Treat yourself to the pre-theatre menu served between 5:30 and 6:30pm, Mon - Sat. Enjoy 2 courses for £13.95 or 3 courses for £17.90. Call 0113 2956060 to book a table.
The Food Academy at Flannels have set up a pre-theatre special menu for Opera North audience members. 2 courses for £15.50 or 3 courses for £18.50, the menu can be found here and they ask that people book in advance.
Kendells Bistro - Located in St Peters Square, opposite The Leeds College of Music, Kendells Bistro is a casual Informal place to dine with the main focus on quality of food, wine and service within a French bistro atmosphere. Everything stops for tea 2 Courses £17.95, 3 Courses £19.95, 3 Courses £25.95 includes ½ Bottle house wine. Available: Tuesday – Thursday 5.30 – 8.00 pm, Friday - Saturday 5.30 - 7.00pm
10% discount (on food only) in The Restaurant. This discount only applies when you book a table in advance and mention the discount when you book, you will also need to present your Opera North ticket when placing your food order.
The action takes place in the Borough, a small fishing town on the East Coast of England.
Peter Grimes stands in the dock during a coroner’s inquest. Nearly all the townspeople suspect Grimes of ill-treating his young apprentice, William Spode, with the notable exceptions of the widowed schoolmistress, Ellen Orford, and Captain Balstrode. At the conclusion of the inquest the lawyer, Swallow, proclaims that the boy, whose life Grimes had previously saved during a storm, died in accidental circumstances.
Ned Keene, the local apothecary, tells Grimes that he has found him a new apprentice, John, whom Ellen offers to look after. The townspeople are scornful of Ellen’s trust in Grimes.
Townspeople are sheltering in The Boar. Grimes arrives to collect his new apprentice. The crowd thinks that he is either drunk or mad, but he seizes the boy and goes out into the storm.
Ellen sits at her knitting in the company of young John while the townsfolk make their way to church. She considers a possible future happiness with Grimes while listening to the singing of the congregation. Grimes enters, ordering the boy to help him bring in a shoal of fish. He and Ellen quarrel over John’s right to rest and this leads Ellen to draw attention to his rough, uncompromising ways, echoing the views of the town. Grimes is furious at the thought that the Borough has influenced Ellen. He strikes her and drags John away. The church service concludes.
Grimes vents his anger at the townsfolk by ranting at his apprentice. The boy falls to his death while helping to pitch fishing nets from the cliff door of Grimes’s hut.
The people of the Borough gather to discuss the apprentice’s disappearance and the mood of hatred towards Grimes gains momentum. Despite Grimes’s previous anger, Captain Balstrode and Ellen resolve to offer Grimes what help they can.
The townspeople are pursuing Grimes. He is discovered by Ellen and Balstrode who, unable to see any future for him, tells him to sail out until he loses sight of land and then sink his boat. The Borough resumes its normal life.
Peter Grimes will be performed with audio description on the following dates (all performances also have a touch tour starting at 17.45):