Igor Stravinsky

The Rake’s Progress

David Hockney’s iconic designs return to Glyndebourne for the first time in a decade.

13 August – 30 August 2020
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Public booking opens online on Sunday 8 March 2020 at 6.00pm


A Glyndebourne classic, designed by David Hockney

When the mysterious Nick Shadow appears at his door, Tom Rakewell immediately abandons country life and his sweetheart Anne for the temptations of the city. But London’s glittering promise soon corrodes;  love, money and even sanity slip further and further from Tom’s grasp. Can true love save him, or will the Devil have the last laugh?

Hogarth’s paintings charting one man’s path from pleasure to ruin are the starting point for one of the most dazzlingly original works of the 20th century, like a Mozart opera that has wandered into a musical hall of mirrors – at once elegant and anarchic. Comedy and tragedy are never far apart in this light-footed work that can break your heart with the broadest of smiles.

One of the great Glyndebourne classics, John Cox’s production returns for the first time in a decade, bringing David Hockney’s much-loved designs to a new generation. Jakub Hrůša conducts.

A revival of the Festival 1975 production. Sung in English with English supertitles.

Creative team

Jakub Hrůša

John Cox

David Hockney

Lighting Designer
Robert Bryan

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus
Chorus Master Aidan Oliver

Cast includes

Tom Rakewell
Ben Bliss

Nick Shadow
Matthew Rose

Anne Trulove
Louise Alder

Baba the Turk
Jennifer Johnston

Father Trulove
Martin Snell

Mother Goose
Carole Wilson

Alan Oke

Supported by
Ms Linda Christmas in memory of her husband John Higgins
and a Syndicate and Circle of Individuals

If you are interested in supporting a future production please contact development@glyndebourne.com or learn more here

Image credits
Main image: Painted collage by Shadric Toop

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