• 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.

Exclusive to ENO until March 30th 2022.

Unavailable for performance.

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  • Emma Jenkins

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.