Noye's Fludde

Noye's Fludde

★★★★★ 'Superb production' Metro
★★★★★ 'Funny, heartwarming and splendidly staged' Daily Mail
★★★★ 'It's impossible to stop beaming... a warming experience' The Times
★★★★ 'Winning performances all around... irresistible optimism' The Guardian
★★★★ 'Enchanting... absolutely hits the spot' The Stage
★★★★ 'Lyndsey Turner's energetic production' Evening Standard
★★★★ 'A wondrous hour' Bachtrack

God is angry, and a flood is coming. But Noah is building a boat: wide enough and deep enough not just for his family, but for a cargo of birds and beasts, both great and small. For forty days and forty nights, this chorus of unlikely shipmates endure a mighty storm, in the hope that a new world will be waiting for them on the other side.

Lyndsey Turner directs a joyous new production of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece combining the talents of professional singers, actors and musicians with those of school children and the local community. Marking the first collaboration between Theatre Royal Stratford East and English National Opera, Noye’s Fludde speaks of courage, redemption and the promise of a new beginning.

Booking enquiries: Our online booking system doesn’t allow customers to leave isolated seats. We do this in order to to prevent gaps in the auditorium. Please call our friendly Box Office team on 020 8534 0310 if you need any help.

For some shows the boxes might have a slightly restricted view, please do not hesitate to speak to our friendly box office team before booking if you would like further information.

Please note this production contains haze and flashing lights.

Our ticket prices increase as the theatre fills. We always recommend booking early to secure the best seats at the best price.



Access & Events

Price: From £10
Runtime: Approx. 65 minutes (no interval)
Age Guidance: 5+
 Limited number of concessions for under 26s.
Click here for details about companion/carer tickets.

Post-show talk (free to ticket holders)
Thu 11 Jul - evening performance

Please note this production contains haze and flashing lights.

Cast and Creative Team


Suzanne Bertish - God
Louise Callinan - Mrs Noah
Marcus Farnsworth - Noah


ENO Baylis
Royal College of Music
Brampton Primary School
Churchfields Junior School
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Stratford East Singers
ENO Community Choir
Redbridge Music
Newham Music


Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Martin Fitzpatrick
Director Lyndsey Turner
Designer Soutra Gilmour
Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick
Video Designer Luke Halls
Movement Director Lynne Page
Choreography Raven and Dove Wayne McGregor assisted by Sarah Dowling
Assistant Director Eva Sampson
Assistant Choreography Raven and Dove Sarah Dowling
Assistant Movement Director Tamzen Moulding
Animal Artwork from Here We Are, Stuck, The Great Paper Caper, Lost and Found, Up and Down and commissioned works © Oliver Jeffers 2019

Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) was a British composer, pianist and conductor. The most significant British composer of the post-war period, Britten was the first British composer to devote the major part of his output to the operatic stage. Beginning with the international success of Peter Grimes in June 1945, his sixteen operas, which include chamber operas and works for children, are now considered repertory pieces. Other notable works include Paul BunyanBilly Budd and GlorianaThe Rape of LucretiaCurlew River and Death in Venice. Among Britten’s notable achievements outside the opera house were orchestral pieces such as the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Sinfonia da RequiemThe Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Spring Symphony and Symphony for Cello and Orchestra.

Lyndsey Turner’s previous work includes Philadelphia, Here I Come!Fathers and Sons, and Faith Healer (Donmar Warehouse), Girls and Boys (Royal Court), Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), Hamlet (Barbican), Chimerica (Almeida & West End), Saint George and the DragonLight Shining in BuckinghamshireEdgar and AnnabelThere is a War (National Theatre).

Suzanne Bertish will play God

Theatre includesCity of (Peter Jay Sharp Theater, New York); The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company); Machinal, The Moliere Comedies – The School for Husbands (Roundabout Theater Company); Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Cort Theater, New York); Richard III, Measure for Pleasure (Public Theater, New York); Wit, The Memory of Water, The Art of Success, Skirmishes,  (Manhattan Theater Club, New York); Kin (Playwrights Horizons, New York); Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Mrs Warren’s Profession (McCarter Theatre, Princeton); Antony and Cleopatra (Shakes Th of Washington DC); Crossing Jerusalem (Tricycle Theatre); The Cherry Orchard, The Oedipus Plays, King Lear (National Theatre); The Vagina Monologues (Off Broadway/London); Hamlet (Plymouth and Young Vic); An Inspector Calls (Garrick Theatre); Taking Sides (Minerva Chichester and Criterion); Salome (Circle in the Square); Tango at the End of Winter (Piccadilly Theatre); The Vortext (Ahmanson Theatre); Bajazet, Creditors (Almeida Theatre); Rosmersholm (National Theatre and La Mama Theater New York); All For Love, Hamlet, Devil’s Island (Prospect Theatre Company Old Vic and world tour); Kennedy’s Children, Woyzeck, Mirandolina, The Duchess of Malfi, Romeo & Juliet, Coriolanus, Macbeth (Glasgow Citizens Theatre 1973-75).

RSC includes Troilus and Cressida, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pericles, Twelfth Night, Three Sisters, Othello, The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby.

Television includes: Atlantic Crossng, The Looming Tower, Mercy Street, X Company, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Poirot, Rome, Trial and Retribution, Love Soup, Rosemary and Thyme, The Grid, The Commander, The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, Judas, Silent Witness, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Space Precinct, Absolutely Fabulous, Mr Bean, Love Hurts, Screen One, 15: The Life and Dearth of Philip Knight, No Visible Bruises – The Katie Koestler Story, A Day in Summer, Red Dwarf, Inspector Morse, Creditors, Shine on Harvey Moon, Freud, Play for Today, The Comedy of Errors, The Three Sisters, Nicholas Nickleby, To The Lighthouse, The Wings of the Dove.

Film includes: MAD?, The Wife, W.E., Pope Joan, Holy Money, The Toybox, The Upside Anger, The 13th Warrior, Bent, Crimetime, Thin Ice, Venice/Venice, The Monk, Hearts of Fire, The Hunger, Hanover Street.

Louise Callinan will play Mrs Noah

The first Australian to be accepted into the Young Artist Program at the Opéra National de Paris, mezzo soprano Louise Callinan is also the winner of the prestigious AROP prize of Opéra National de Paris. She performed as a soloist for Opéra National de Paris for seventeen years and also with the BBC Symphony, Chicago Symphony, l'Orchestre National d'Ile de France, Théâtre du Châtelet, LA Opera, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Opera Australia, Israeli Opera, Opéra de Rennes, Angers Nantes Opéra and Theatre de l'Opera Luxembourg.

Louise began her career with roles such as Angelina (La Cenerentola), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte) and has interpreted numerous roles at Opéra National de Paris, notably Meg Page (Falstaff ) conducted by Conlon, a Woman (K ... of Manoury), 2nd Lady (Die Zauberflöte) Suor Zelatrice (Suor Angelica) conducted by Philippe Jordan and Samaritana (Francesca da Rimini) conducted by Daniel Oren. Louise starred as the 2nd lady in the film version of (The Magic Flute) directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Recently, her roles have included Tigrana (Edgar) Dalila (Samson and Dalila) in Valladolid, Erda (Das Rheingold) and (Siegfried) and Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) with REMIX together under the direction of Peter Rundel at the Casa da Musica in Porto, Strasbourg - Festival Palace, Paris - Cité de la Musique, Nîmes Theater, Théâtre de Caen, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Theater, Grand Théâtre de Reims, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Amneris (Aïda) and Belarus Opera Minsk, Herodiade (Herodiade - Massenet) Laura Adorno (La Gioconda) in Valladolid and Rossweisse (Die Walküre), Wellgunde (Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung) and 2nd Lady(Die Zauberflöte) at the Paris National Opera conducted by Philippe Jordan.

On the concert platform highlights include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with REMIX ensemble at the Casa da Musica in Porto, Handel’s Messiah with the Sydney Philharmonia and Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall London. and a recent return to the Casa da Musica in Porto for Mahler 's Symphony no 2.

In July 2019, Louise will make her debut with English National Opera as Mrs Noye in Britten's "Noyes Fludde" and in February 2020 also make her debut with Scottish Opera as the Ist Secretary in John Adam's "Nixon in China".

Marcus Farnsworth will play Noah

Marcus Farnsworth was awarded First Prize at the 2009 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. He has appeared many times at Wigmore Hall with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake, Joseph Middleton and Graham Johnson, as well as the Myrthen Ensemble.

The 2018/19 season has seen a return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra for performances of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie and the world première of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Last Man Standing. Other highlights include Bernstein’s Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop and with Bergen National Opera, and HK Gruber’s Frankenstein with Aurora Orchestra. He has recently returned from a tour of Australia with the Gabrieli Consort for performances  of Purcell’s King Arthur

Recent highlights have included a performance and recording of Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony conducted by Martyn Brabbins, and John Adams’s The Wound Dresser, both with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He appeared in Cal McCrystal’s acclaimed new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe for English National Opera, and made his debut at Teatro Real Madrid in Weill’s Street Scene. Future plans include a return to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, for a tour of Peter Grimes plus a European tour with the Gabrieli Consort of Purcell’s King Arthur.

Marcus is Founder and Artistic Director of the Southwell Music Festival and has recently been appointed Head of Vocal & Choral Department at Chetham’s Music School in Manchester.




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