Bluebeard’s Castle

Judith stands on the threshold of Bluebeard’s Castle. Seven doors are locked before her. Needing to know what secrets lie beyond the doors and within the man she loves, she steps into the darkness.

Green Opera brings together artists with a passion for environmental practice in a unique combination of art-installation and theatre. This production of Bartók’s only opera explores the obsessive desire of an artist/muse relationship and how women interact with male fantasies projected upon them. Performed in Hungarian with English surtitles, featuring set and costumes made from materials sourced at our community beach cleans in collaboration with Surfers Against Sewage.

Cast & Creatives

April Fredrick/Anastasia Inniss – Judith
James Corrigan/Julian Debreuil – Bluebeard
Eleanor Burke – Director
John Paul Jennings – Musical Director
Thomas Ang – Arrangement
Emeline Beroud – Production Designer
Trui Malten – Lighting Designer
Sean Laing – Production Manager
Nina Brabbins – Scenic Artist
Rosie Clarke – Associate Lighting Designer
Chloe Jones – Stage Manager/DSM
Finn Lacey – Assistant Director
Bea Viña – Design Assistant
Karolina Csáthy – Hungarian Coach


For every ticket you bought, we planted a tree with Eden Reforestation Projects via our Seats for Seeds scheme.

Grimeborn Festival

24 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL

Wednesday 31st August 2022, 7.30pm
Thursday 1st September 2022, 7.30pm
Friday 2nd September 2022, 7.30pm
Saturday 3rd September 2022, 7.30pm

Caroline Gardens, Asylum Rd, London SE15 2SQ

Tuesday 13th September 2022, 7pm
Wednesday 14th September 2022, 7pm
Sunday 18th September 2022, 7pm


Tim Hochstrasser

‘This production thoroughly won me over to a chamber-scale performance of the work – it enhances the drama by drawing you in, while losing little resonance in the reduction of orchestral scale.’

‘We left with lots to think about and the memory of a rigorous, technically impressive, and demanding performance – in the best sense.’This excellent production by Green Opera did not disappoint, packing a real punch both from two fine leads, and with a searingly incisive orchestral tableau ably coordinated by John Paul Jennings.’

Owen Davies

‘In this fine version – presented by Green Opera for the Grimeborn Festival – the claustrophobic studio at the Arcola proves to be an ideal space to intensify the looming sense of doom that builds through the opera.’

‘Almost the greatest treat of the evening is to hear the score played with such power and passion by an orchestra.’

Patrick Shorrock

‘Green Opera’s commitment…is admirable, and blazes a trail that I hope other companies will follow.’

© Nick Rutter (Arcola Theatre) and Laurent Compagnon (Asylum Chapel)