Christmas is for friends, family and guardian angels.
The classic Christmas story, redefined for a new generation.
Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s operatic adaptation of the genre-defining Frank Capra film of the same name, It’s a Wonderful Life will transport you to the idyllic little town of Bedford Falls, where it’s a white Christmas – though not everything is merry and bright.
Down-on-his-luck banker George Bailey (Frederick Ballentine) feels like life has passed him by, so when his guardian angel (Danielle de Niese) pays him a visit, George is shown what life in his beloved Bedford Falls would be like without him in it: maybe it’d be a little less wonderful after all?
Aletta Collins makes her ENO debut directing and choreographing, with regular Heggie collaborator Nicole Paiement conducting the ENO Chorus and Orchestra alongside the all-star cast, which includes Gweneth Ann Rand, Jennifer France, Michael Mayes and more.
Create a new holiday tradition, book your opera tickets to Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life.
Based on the 1946 Frank Capra movie of the same name (by permission of Paramount Licensing Inc.) and “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern.
The appearance of any member of the cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt, please check with the Box Office before booking.
London Coliseum, 33 St Martin's Lane, Westminster, London, WC2N 4ES
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No refundes after purchase
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You will receive a confirmation email with your voucher attached. Please show your voucher on your phone, or print this ticket, to gain entry to the event. The barcode will be scanned upon entry.
- Suitable For Children
Only children aged 5+ are allowed in the auditorium.
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London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London WC 4ES
Dec 11, 2022
The show was wonderful, scenery and cast played an epic story.
Dec 10, 2022
This was great fun. Even if you’re not into operas, you could enjoy this as a festive treat. Lovely singalong at the end.
Dec 9, 2022
Brilliant and enchanting reinterpreting the magic of the film we all love.
Dec 8, 2022
I so looked forward to this production but I’m afraid I left in the interval with some relief. Whilst the individual singers were excellent as ever for the ENO the whole concept did not work at all for me. This was not the right material for an opera. The sets were dull and under lit and the costumes poor. Perhaps “It’s a Wonderful Life”could have been worked up as a piece of musical theatre it very certainly did not work for me as an opera. An expensive waste of time sadly!
Dec 4, 2022
Not an opera lover and thought this would be an access into it. Sadly, not my cup of tea, so still not an opera lover.
Nov 30, 2022
Nov 30, 2022
Magically staged, incredible singing and so moving. An amazing interpretation of a much loved story
Nov 28, 2022
Beautiful but not for us. You don’t know until you try new things out. I found it tuneless and dull.
Nov 28, 2022
Superb, funny, heartfelt with great performances!