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Aci by the River

Aci by the River

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo HWV 72 

Building on the success of the critically acclaimed production of In the Realms of Sorrow, this year the Handel Opera Studio presents Aci by the River, a brand new Handel experience which centres on a new production of the early dramatic work Aci, Galatea e Polifemo. Aci, by the River takes place on the banks of the River Thames in the evocative and visually stunning Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse. 

Composed during a trip to Naples, Aci, Galatea e Polifemo is one of Handel’s most emotive and daring works. An ancient Greek tale which  portrays the intensity of young love and how it collides with a world which wants to control and destroy it, leading to tragic and heartbreaking consequences. Aci, by the River follows a tradition from Handel’s time where performances were preceded by other forms of entertainment

Critically acclaimed director Jack Furness makes his LHF debut directing a cast of internationally renowned soloists, coming together with the London Handel Orchestra under the expert musical direction of Laurence Cummings.  

To reach the venue, audiences are invited to be transported from Central London by boat along the Thames. The boat journey will feature intimate live performances. Please note, the boat trip is one way only. There is no return boat trip from the venue after the performance. The boat trip for this performance has sold out. Please contact our Box Office if you wish to be notified of any returns.

For audiences who wish to make their own way to the venue, the closest tube station is Canning Town (Jubilee Line) and from there you will be guided to the venue via a small set of pop-up performances. 

How to book:

Cast & Creatives

Aci Mary Bevan

Galatea Claudia Huckle 

Polifemo Callum Thorpe 

Durassie Kiangangu actor

Conductor Laurence Cummings 

Director Jack Furness 

Designer Francis O’Connor 

Lighting Designer Emma Chapman

Movement and Intimacy Director Rachel Wise

Associate Movement Director Myron Birch

London Handel Orchestra led by Adrian Butterfield

Dates and times:

April 10th: 7.30pm (boat departs Westminster Pier at 6.30pm) sold out

April 11th: 7.30pm (boat departs Westminster Pier at 6.30pm)

April 12th: 7.30pm (boat departs Westminster Pier at 6.30pm)

April 13th: 2.30pm (matinee) (boat departs Westminster Pier at 1.30pm) sold out

Further information

Venue: Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse and Chain Store

Tickets: £35 – £85

Length: 2hrs  (2.5hrs including boat trip) 

Event kindly supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust


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