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In the Locked Room / Ghost Patrol

A closed door sparks an obsession with dramatic consequences. Leading composer Huw Watkins collaborates with poet David Harsent work in this powerful opera.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of In the Locked Room / Ghost Patrol. It was last on stage 27–29 September 2012 as part of the Autumn 2012/13 season.


This one-act opera, an adaptation of a short story by Thomas Hardy, explores the power of the imagination and the boundaries between reality and fantasy.


Huw Watkins is admired across the UK for his work as a composer and pianist, and has an impressive body of orchestra, chamber and vocal works. For In the Locked Room, he teams up with former collaborator, poet David Harsent. David’s work in music theatre includes his libretto for Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur. David and Huw first worked together in 2009, producing the opera Crime Fiction.