Pen and ink sketch of Susanna by Peter Paul Rubens, The Met Museum


512 March 2020
Linbury Theatre
Opera and music

A virtuous woman wrongly accused by two men with ulterior motives provides the dramatic core of Handel’s oratorio Susanna. It was written for Covent Garden and had its premiere on the site in 1749 but hasn’t been performed here since. Now it receives a staging in the Linbury Theatre led by members of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. The production is part of our Handel series and follows on from Solomon and Berenice. The beautiful score is full of Handel’s subtle musical dramatizations, from arias to powerful choruses. This is a wonderful opportunity to rediscover the past through a work of Covent Garden heritage and to see talented rising artists who will become the stars of the future.

Not suitable for children under the age of 12

The production contains scenes of an adult nature.

Sung in English

Generously made possible by

Oak Foundation.

A co-production with:



CompanyJette Parker Young Artists

DirectorIsabelle Kettle

MusicGeorge Frideric Handel

Set and costume designerGrace Smart

Lighting designerD.M. Wood

Movement directorNamiko Gahier-Ogawa


There is lift access from the main foyer to the Linbury Theatre Foyer. The entrances to the Linbury Theatre are from the Upper Circle level, and customers must descend to their seating area via stairs or a lift. Lift access to seating in the Linbury Theatre is from auditorium right only (right-hand entrance and on your right-hand side as you face the stage). We recommend seating on the right-hand side of the auditorium for those who require level access or minimal stairs. The left-hand side of the auditorium can involve many stairs. There are six wheelchair spaces in the Linbury Theatre. Find out more about accessing the Linbury Theatre.