A collaboration with ENO and the Metropolitan Opera, New York


Philip Glass’s opera about Mahatma Ghandi.

Presented and revived five times in both London and New York, Philip Glass’s Satyagraha was Improbable’s first collaboration with ENO. Satyagraha is the second in the composer’s landmark trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas about men who changed the world. Based on Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, the opera explores how the spiritual and political leader developed non-violent protest into a powerful force for change. First produced as India marked her 60th year of independence.

The ENO Orchestra and Chorus play a pivotal role in this hauntingly beautiful and spiritual ensemble piece, which is performed in Sanskrit, the melodic language of the Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), to which Gandhi referred daily.

On 19th November 2011 Satyagraha was screened live to over 37 countries from The Metropolitan Opera, New York.


The whole thing serves as a monumental affirmation of human dignity at a time when many have begun to question its very existence – The Guardian

Do anything – anything non-violent, of course – to see it now ★★★★★ – The Telegraph

Creative team

Director: Phelim McDermott
Associate Director and Designer: Julian Crouch
Costume Designer: Kevin Pollard
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Video Design: Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for Fifty Nine Productions Ltd
Photography: Keith Pattison

Cast 2013

Miss Schlesen: Clare Eggington
M.K. Gandhi: Alan Oke
Mr Kallenbach: Nicholas Folwell
Parsi Rustomji: Nicholas Masters
Kasturbai: Stephanie Marshall
Mrs Naidoo: Janis Kelly
Mrs Alexander: Sarah Pring
Prince Arjuna: Eddie Wade

Skills Ensemble 2013

Philip Eddolls
Charlie Folorunsho
Alex Harvey
Nick Haverson
Nesreen Nabil Hussein
Tina Koch
Charlotte Mooney
Kumar Muniandy
Caroline Partridge
Dharmesh Patel
Rajha Shakiry 

Rob Thirtle

  • "Philip Glass... opera Satyagraha finally assumes the ascendancy on an English stage. It's as improbable an outcome as the name of the theatre company that has made it possible: Improbable."
    The Independent
  • "Do anything – anything non-violent, of course – to see it now."
    The Daily Telegraph
  • "...surely the most distinctive and brilliant achievement on the London operatic scene in more than a decade."
    The Daily Telegraph

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