The Queen Of Spades

The Queen Of Spades

London Coliseum

  • Booking until: Friday, 1 February 2019
The Queen Of Spades description
Tchaikovsky began work on The Queen of Spades in 1889. He based it on a short story by Alexander Pushkin, one of his favourite writers. He and his brother Modest (his co-librettist) dramatically altered Pushkin's plot, turning Gherman from a cynical opportunist into an ardent lover and Liza into a tragic figure. Tchaikovsky put a great deal of work into the opera's premiere at St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre in 1890, and was thrilled by its success.   The Queen of Spades is one of Tchaikovsky's most impressive and varied scores, containing grand choruses, intimate arias and duets (such as Liza and Gherman's passionate Act I love duet), a masquerade paying tribute to Mozart and a terrifying supernatural episode. Stefan Herheim's spectacular production places Tchaikovsky himself at the heart of the action, and asks searching questions about the nature of creativity and the parallels between life and art.
Playing at London Coliseum

St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES GB (venue info)

London Coliseum Directions

Age restrictions

No under 5s admitted. 

Important information

Sung in Russian with English surtitles

Performance Times
Mon 19:00
Tue -
Wed 19:00
Thu -
Fri 19:00
Sat 19:00
Sun -
St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES GB The Queen Of Spades Cast
St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES GB The Queen Of Spades Cast
St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES GB The Queen Of Spades Cast
St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES GB The Queen Of Spades Cast
St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES GB The Queen Of Spades Cast