• Iain Bell
  • Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel (2019)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel was commissioned by English National Opera and Opera North. It premiered at London Coliseum on March 30, 2019 directed by ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer.
Unavailable for performance.

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  • 2 hr 15 min
  • Emma Jenkins
  • English

Programme Note


Mary and her grandmother Maud run a doss house in Whitechapel in London’s East End, where the poor gather for rest. Mary and doss house regulars Annie (wished-for mother to Mary), Catherine and Liz (who have been earning substantial money posing for a photographer) befriend Polly, recently thrown out by her husband. Following the murder and autopsy identification of one of their own, the women seek solace and distraction in the local pub. At closing, Polly wanders off into the street by herself looking for a customer. She is consumed by the darkness of the street, prey to an unknown killer.

With a faceless, depraved murderer on the loose and an apathetic, corrupt police force indifferent to the women’s’ plight, hysteria, fear and speculation grip the streets of the East End. Our band of working friends start to suspect every man they meet as they struggle to survive in this forgotten corner of industrial London.


Mary Kelly - Dramatic coloratura soprano
Maud - Dramatic soprano
Polly Nichols - Soprano 
Annie Chapman - Mezzo-soprano 
Liz Stride - Soprano
Catherine Eddowes - Soprano
The Writer - Tenor
Squibby - Baritone 
The Pathologist - Baritone 
The Commissioner of Police - Bass-baritone 
Sergeant Johnny Strong - Tenor 
The Photographer - Baritone 
The Coroner - Baritone 
Man in Crowd - Baritone 
Magpie - (non-singing) a girl, 10-12 years old