insights: Polyeucte

UCOpera presented the British premiere of Charles Gounod’s rarely performed opera Polyeucte on 19 March 2018 at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London. Performances continued on 21, 23 and 24 March, receiving critical acclaim by theatre reviewers from the Guardian, Telegraph and The Stage, as well as audiences.


POLYEUCTE behind-the-scenes

Interview releasing June 2019

Film screenshot




Creative Team:

Conductor: Charles Peebles

Director: Thomas Guthrie

Designer: Raphaé Memon

Lighting Designer: Alex Forey

Assistant Director: Cecilia Stinton

Costume Supervisor: Madeleine Edis

Set Builder: Cameron Pollaers / UCL Stage Crew

Photographers: Teo della Torre / Mishaal Memon

Videographer: Mishaal Memon


Polyeucte: Luke Sinclair

Pauline: Flora McIntosh

Sévère: Jan Capiński

Félix: John Mackenzie

Néarque: Fabian Helmrich

Siméon: Michael Scott

Stratonice: Helen Hughson

Albin: Stephen Esiri

Sextus: Michael Lam

UCL Symphony Chorus




Polyeucte poster



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