The Merry Widow is Franz Lehár‘s comic masterpiece, played out in a stream of memorable melodies including the familiar ‘Vilja Song’ and ‘Merry Widow Waltz’.

With a truly glamourous setting, Lehár’s operetta centres on the relationship between the dazzling  and wealthy young widow Hanna and Danilo, who has an appetite for wine and women. As this delightful tale of a woman’s quest for love unfolds, their burgeoning romance is hampered by mishap, intrigue and comedic misadventure.

Making their ENO debuts with Lehár’s classic are Director Max Webster (The Lorax) and sought-after Estonian conductor Kritiina Poska. As the vivacious Hanna, ENO favourite Sarah Tynan returns for her second major appearance of the season. She is joined by Nathan Gunn as Danilo, while ENO legend Andrew Shore plays the pompous Zeta.


2hrs 30mins

Good To Know

Sung in English, with subtitles projected above the stage

The appearance of any given artist is not guaranteed and no refunds or exchanges will be available should changes be made from the advertised cast


London Coliseum

London Coliseum, 33 St Martin's Lane, Westminster, London, WC2N 4ES

Additional Details & FAQ

How Does It Work

You will receive a voucher after purchase - please print and present on arrival.

Suitable For Children

Please be aware that this production contains some adult content which may not be suitable for young audiences.

No under 5s admitted

Where Do I Go

St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4ES


4.3(11 reviews)
  • Sheila Berry

    Apr 14, 2019

    I do not normally attend ENO productions, but I wanted to see The Merry Widow for a special reason. In 1907, my great grandfather, W H Berry, played the part of the clerk Njegus. I wanted to get an idea of what that role entailed. The production enthralled me. It was magical, yet earthy, full of humour and sparkle. I'm completely hooked, now, I'll be a regular ENO supporter. Thank you, ENO, for an enchanting afternoon.

  • Fed up Phil

    Apr 14, 2019

    There have been reports in the media that the lovely old doors to the Colosseum make people feel excluded, but they were the highlight of the visit. This glorious score was done no service at all by a very smutty translation with plenty of swearing. In one scene there are 7 guys taking a leak at urinals and spraying their fluids everywhere. Franz Lehar will be turning in his grave. And while the leading lady had a lovely singing voice her phoney 21st century spoken voice was completely out of kilter with her colleagues and the setting of the production. A great shame because the quality of the singing and playing was actually good. But what finally killed it for us was the number of people coughing uncontrollably through the music - it's a growing trend as far as I can tell and theatres happily remind audiences to turn off their phones but seem to have forgotten to tell people to cover their mouths when they cough to minimise disruption. Sadly, as far as I could tell, the offenders were elderly (like me) who ought to know better.

  • John & Inge Harcourt

    Apr 7, 2019

    We were absolutely delighted with this clever re-working of a personal favourite of ours. It was witty, funny and visually compelling: not a jarring note all evening and wonderful choreography. We could have sat through it again straightaway afterwards. A triumph! Also very friendly staff - always an important part of the experience for us.

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