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Two Boys

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  • Booking From:
  • 24-Jun-2011
  • Booking Until:
  • 08-Jul-2011
  • Running Time:
  • to be confirmed
  • Genre:
  • Opera

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Two Boys Tickets

Coliseum Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES

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A teenage boy is fatally stabbed. Another boy is caught on CCTV leaving the scene. An open-and-shut case, it would seem. But, as Detective Inspector Anne Strawson investigates the older boy's story, she uncovers a bizarre nexus of chatroom meetings, false identities, fictitious spy rings and raunchy cybersex, leading to just one conclusion: it wasn't so much murder as suicide by internet.

Loosely inspired by an incredible but true case that happened in the North of England a few years ago, Nico Muhly's new opera enters the secret world of the teenage bedroom to hit the panic button on the realities and risks of living our lives online.

With a libretto by Craig Lucas, screenwriter of Prelude to a Kiss and Reckless and video design by Fifty Nine Productions, whose work has been a key feature of such recent ENO triumphs as Doctor Atomic and Satyagraha, this new co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, making his UK opera debut.


Some elements of this production may be unsuitable for those under 16 years of age.

Evenings: various
Theatre Venue: Coliseum Theatre
Address: Denman Street, London W1D 7DY
Seating Plan: Seating Plan
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The Coliseum Theatre (also known as the London Coliseum) is on St. Martin's Lane, in the City of Westminster. It is one of London's largest and best equipped theatres and opened in 1904, designed by theatrical architect Frank Matcham (designer of the London Palladium), for impresario Oswald Stoll. Their ambition was to build the largest and finest 'People's palace of entertainment' of its age.

1898 Lilian Baylis, at the age of 23, presents a series of opera recitals at the Old Vic theatre.

1912 She goes to establish a theatre company at the Old Vic, initially performing cut-down versions of Shakespeare.

1928 Lilian Baylis takes on a small group of dancers (the ballet company later separated from Vic-Wells and eventually renamed: The Royal Ballet).

1931 Sadler's Wells Theatre opens and the Vic-Wells Opera Company is formed. Initially the Company performs at both the Old Vic and Sadlers' Wells.

1937 Lilian Baylis dies.

World War II During World War II Sadler's Wells is requisitioned and the Company moves to Burnley, touring the Country to raise war-time spirits.

1945 Sadler's Wells re-opens with Britten's Peter Grimes, introducing the first English opera composer since Purcell to receive international acclaim.

1968 Managing Director Stephen Arlen moves Sadler's Wells Opera from Sadler's Wells Theatre to the London Coliseum.

1974 Sadler's Wells Opera becomes English National Opera (ENO).

1984 ENO is the first British opera company to tour the United States.

1990 ENO is the first major foreign opera company to tour the former Soviet Union.

1992 ENO acquires the freehold to the London Coliseum.

2000 The Company embarks on a four year restoration programme on its home the London Coliseum.