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The Turn of the Screw

313 June 2020
Linbury Theatre
Opera and music

Performances of this production have been cancelled as the Royal Opera House is currently closed. Find out about other cancelled performances and how you can donate the cost of your ticket, exchange for a voucher or claim a refund here.

The intimate Linbury Theatre provides the ideal space for Henry James’s tense, classic ghost story turned by Benjamin Britten into a major work of 20th-century opera. The story follows the malign influence of two ghosts on two children, Flora and Miles, whose governess is unable to prevent a final and deadly conclusion. Claustrophobic, psychologically disturbing and even uncomfortably voyeuristic, this new production follows Billy Budd and Death In Venice in the Britten cycle of works from The Royal Opera. It has a strong young British focus under conductor Finnegan Downie Dear and Natalie Abrahami, who collaborates with Michael Levine on direction and design.

Suitable for ages 15+

This production features adult themes.

Sung in English

Generous philanthropic support from

Hamish and Sophie Forsyth



Created byNatalie Abrahami and Michael Levine

DirectorNatalie Abrahami

MusicBenjamin Britten

LibrettoMyfanwy Piper

Set designerMichael Levine

Costume designerHannah Clark

Lighting designerGuy Hoare

Video designerDuncan McLean

Movement directorAnna Morrissey


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.