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In the Realms of Sorrow

In the Realms of Sorrow

Close your eyes to the sun’s rays.

This is th’enchanted gazer’s mind:

A firmament glister’d with breathing stars,

Hidden in the vague lights 

In the realms of Sorrow.


Reuniting award-winning director Adele Thomas and LHF Music Director Laurence Cummings, In the Realms of Sorrow is a rare opportunity to see staged performances of four of Handel’s most soul-searching cantatas. 

Fusing exquisite singing and dance theatre, In the Realms of Sorrow is a fascinating insight into young Handel’s early capacity for depicting the complexity of the human soul. Seen together, the four cantatas create a raw and alluring journey into love, obsession, delusion and ecstasy.

Featuring brand new music by acclaimed composer Héloïse Werner. In the Realms of Sorrow promises to be one of the most extraordinary events the London Handel Festival has ever staged, performed at the atmospheric Stone Nest. 

There is limited capacity at each show and early booking is recommended.  Please note, this performance includes strobe lighting and smoke machines.

Four Cantatas: 

Il delirio amoroso HWV 99

Armida abbandonata HWV 105

Ero e Leandro HWV 150

Agrippina condotta a morire HWV 110

Additional composition by Héloïse Werner

Cast: James Laing, Patrick Terry, Nardus Williams, Soraya Mafi, Claire Booth and dancer Jonathon Luke Baker

Musical Director: Laurence Cummings 

Director: Adele Thomas 

Choreographer: Emma Woods 

Designer: Hannah Clark 

Lighting and Video Designer: Josh Pharo 

Make up Artist: Thom Shaw 


Performance dates: Tuesday 28 February, Wednesday 1 March, Thursday 2 March, Friday 3 March


Tickets: £65 / £55 / £35 / £15* please note £15 tickets are restricted viewing


This new production is in partnership with Stone Nest. 

Stone Nest is an arts organisation and performance venue in the heart of London’s West End, bringing exceptional and experimental art to a wide audience. A hidden gem nestled amidst the bright lights of theatreland, it offers a platform for bold, visionary artists and a space where audiences can encounter an eclectic programme of contemporary performance.

Stone Nest is an old building and unfortunately cannot currently accommodate electric wheelchairs. We can accommodate manual operated wheelchairs via a temporary ramp; please let us know that you are wheelchair user when booking.


Booking Dates

Monday 21 November: tickets on sale to Major Donors and Director’s Circle
Wednesday 23 November: tickets on sale to Gold Patrons
Friday 25 November: tickets on sale to Patron’s Circle
Monday 28 November: tickets on sale to Festival Benefactors
Wednesday 30th November: tickets on sale to Associate Benefactors
Friday 2 December: tickets on sale to Friends
Monday 5 December: tickets on sale to General public

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