‘...There is nothing safe about this show. It’s a knockout that brings the work blazingly alive and transforms bewigged pieties into high human drama’

Rupert Christiansen , The Telegraph July 24, 2015

‘Musically this evening is well-nigh flawless... Kosky has come good: this is a landmark production’

Michael Church , The Independent July 24, 2015
  • Details

    Extend your Tour 2016 experience by enjoying Glyndebourne on screen as well as on stage this autumn.

    Following the huge success of Saul in 2015 we’re screening this highly acclaimed production in selected cinemas to meet popular demand.

    With a musical score of heart-breaking beauty and intensity, Saul takes us into a nightmare world of madness and despair.

    This powerful and highly acclaimed production, filmed live in Festival 2015, delves deep into Handel’s grand setting of the well-known biblical tale of the first king of Israel’s love and loathing for his eventual successor, David.

    We watch Saul crumble before our eyes, as dramatically as Shakespeare’s King Lear, as he watches David win everyone’s heart – including that of his son, Jonathan.

    Saul is certified 12A.


    Tour 2016 is supported by Arts Council England and sponsored by the Daily Mail.

  • Cast and creative team

    Conductor Ivor Bolton
    Director Barrie Kosky

    Saul Christopher Purves
    David Iestyn Davies
    Michal Sophie Bevan
    Merab Lucy Crowe
    Jonathan Paul Appleby

    Glyndebourne Chorus