Lucia di Lammermoor, London Coliseum - ★★★★★ - Until December 5, 2018


The first production of anything one sees is going to act as a touchstone. My first Lucia was Zeffirelli's production at Covent Garden with Joan Sutherland in 1964. As with most of his productions it went for hyper-glamorous realism. Sutherland was fabulous with the young Pavarotti. Recently styles have changed as demonstrated (detestably) in spades - and blood - at Covent Garden a couple of years ago. Here at ENO we have a brilliant production by David Alden. This is no grand romantic canary fancier's flutter through the ledger lines, but a wonderfully dark and dire horror story with some great singing attached. Superbly designed by Charles Edwards we're in a grey and crumbling baronial hall – it looks brilliantly creepy.

The small part of the housekeeper is almost a Mrs Danvers prototype. Lucia's brother has unhealthy designs on his childlike sister. The local cleric turns his back on anything distasteful and the family lawyer is certainly complicit in the dirty doings. Lucia is an Alice in Wonderland figure.

Terrific singing and acting all round, but an especially wonderful performance by Sarah Tynan as Lucia.

Reviewed by D.S.J.


 Our Score:   

Want to save on tickets? See our Tips page.

WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Running until December 5, 2018
London Coliseum
Nearest tube: Covent Garden
https://www.eno.org/whats-on/lucia-di-lammermoor/

Most Popular

RAGS The Musical, Park Theatre - ★★★★★ - Until February 8, 2020

Scrounger, Finborough Theatre - ★★★★ - Until February 1, 2020

Off The Top with Jason Kravits and Special Guests, Brasserie Zédel - ★★★★ - Until January 19, 2020

The Morning After, Above The Stag Theatre - ★★★★ - Until March 1, 2020

Tom Brown's School Days, The Union Theatre - ★★★ - Until February 2, 2020

You Stupid Darkness! - Southwark Playhouse - ★★★★ - Until February 22, 2020

Four Play, Above The Stag Theatre - ★★★★ - Until February 22, 2020

Crybabies: Danger Brigade, Soho Theatre - ★★★★ - Until January 11, 2020

Falling In Love Again, King's Head Theatre - ★★★ - Until February 8, 2020

Shackleton and his Stowaway, Park Theatre - ★★★ - Until February 1, 2020

The City Life Magazine. Reviews and Ratings.