The Turn of the Screw

Benjamin Britten

15 Feb - 19 Mar 2020

Dates & venues

A terrifying, edge-of-your-seat thriller

In a remote country house, a newly-appointed governess fights to protect two children from menacing spirits. But are these apparitions real, or the product of her troubled imagination? And what terrible evil occurred before the governess’s arrival?

Based on the ghost story by Henry James, Britten’s edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller reaches new levels of tension and terror in Alessandro Talevi’s spine-chilling production. The theme of The Turn of the Screw – of innocence abused and corrupted – had a particular fascination for Britten, and he clothes this dark material in music of disturbing beauty that winds up the tension to breaking point.

Widely thought of as the greatest of all his works for the stage, Britten’s intensely powerful final chamber opera features some of his most brilliant musical characterisation.


By permission of Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd

£15 to £75*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Theatre Royal Newcastle
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Running time
Lasts approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Sung in English

On sale dates
Full Season Package: 14 Mar
Create Your Own Package: 21 Mar
Bronze Patrons: 4 Apr
Friends: 5 Apr
Under 30s: 8 Apr
Public booking: 9 Apr
Tour venues: from Mon 4 Mar

*Prices and booking dates vary by venue. Booking fees may apply.

What the critics said...

“This masterpiece has never emerged more powerfully or disturbingly than it does in this electrifying production…absolutely enthralling.”

★★★★★ — The Telegraph (2010)

“My spine is still shivering like a blancmange in the wind…stunning…”

★★★★★ — The Times (2010)

‘…exerts a disturbing fascination…charts Britten’s intricate score with perfect precision and a palpable sense of atmosphere.’

★★★★ — The Stage (2010)


Nicholas Watts

Prologue / Peter Quint

Sarah Tynan


Eleanor Dennis

Miss Jessel

Heather Shipp

Mrs Grose

Jennifer Clark


Creative team

Leo McFall


Alessandro Talevi


Madeleine Boyd

Set & Costume Designer

Matthew Haskins

Lighting Designer

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