Production image of Peter Grimes ©Javier del Real / Teatro Real

Peter Grimes

1731 March 2022
The performance will last approximately 3 hours 30 minutes with two intervals.
Main Stage
Opera and music

Following Deborah Warner’s award winning production of Billy Budd in 2019, The Royal Opera continues its Benjamin Britten series with her new production of Peter Grimes, which had its premiere in Madrid in April 2021. Warner’s sympathetic approach to Britten’s sombre parable foregrounds the complexity of Peter Grimes himself and the tragic conflict between the group and the individual.

Mark Elder conducts a cast that includes British singers Allan Clayton, Bryn Terfel and John Tomlinson, alongside Maria Bengtsson and former Jette Parker Young Artist Jacques Imbrailo.

Sung in English with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Peter and Fiona Espenhahn, Gini and Richard Gabbertas, Malcolm Herring, Mr Ralph Kanza, the Peter Grimes Syndicate and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund

A co-production with

Teatro Real, Madrid, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and L'Opéra National de Paris



Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicBenjamin Britten

LibrettoMontagu Slater

DirectorDeborah Warner

Set designerMichael Levine

Costume designerLuis F. Carvalho

Lighting designerPeter Mumford

Movement directorKim Brandstrup


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

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