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Purcell: King Arthur

Early Opera Company

Henry Purcell and John Dryden’s great English opera was first staged a stone’s throw from the Temple (at the Dorset Garden Theatre) in 1691. Purcell lavished upon Dryden’s libretto some of his most captivating music, including the famous Frost Scene and the ravishing aria Fairest Isle.  

The story centres on Arthur's endeavours to rescue his fiancée, the blind Cornish Princess Emmeline, who has been abducted by his arch-enemy, the Saxon King Oswald of Kent. We welcome one the UK’s most exciting Baroque ensembles to Temple Church, for two concert performances of this Restoration spectacular. 

Cast & creatives
Christian Curnyn director
Lindsay Duncan narrator
Rowan Pierce soprano
Mhairi Lawson soprano
Sam Boden tenor
Nick Pritchard tenor
Edward Grint bass-baritone


The concert ends at 9.10pm (and includes a 20-minute interval).

Sponsored by Blackstone Chambers.

Priority booking runs until 31st May.  General booking opens on 1st June.

Venue: Temple Church
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"Find anything exciting happening in period opera in the UK and Curnyn will be involved, whether it’s conducting at the Wanamaker or ENO, recording Handel or directing his own projects."

The Spectator


Booking Information
Online Booking

Available here until 12noon on the day of the performance

Telephone Booking

020 7427 5641

Online and Telephone bookings are subject to a £2.00 booking fee.

In Person

Tickets are available on the door 30 minutes before the performance (subject to availability, cash and cheque only)


Please note that we can only offer refunds in the event that the concert is Sold Out and we are able to re-sell your ticket.


The safety of our audience, musicians and staff comes first.