Marnie 2017-12-21T11:29:43+00:00

Project Description

Daughter. Liar. Wife. Thief.

She has been running for so long, no one knows the real Marnie, least of all herself.

Marnie is a compelling psychological thriller set in England during the late 1950s. A young woman makes her way through life by embezzling from her employers, before she moves on and changes her identity. When her current boss Mark Rutland catches her red-handed, he blackmails her into a loveless marriage. Marnie is left with no choice but to confront the hidden trauma from her past.

Following Two Boys in 2011, this is the composer Nico Muhly’s second world premiere for ENO. With a libretto by Nicholas Wright, Marnie is based on the novel by Winston Graham, by special arrangement with Universal Pictures. It examines the cost of freedom, the limitations of forgiveness and the impossibility of escaping the past, in music that is direct and powerful.

“An outstanding achievement”

The Stage

“See it, be touched by it, come out thinking about it.”

Financial Times



Nico Muhly


Nicholas Wright


Martyn Brabbins


Michael Mayer

Set and Projection Design

59 Productions
Julian Crouch

Costume Designer

Arianne Phillips

Lighting Designer

Kevin Adams


Lynne Page

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera

Co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Based on the Novel by Winston Graham

By Special Arrangement with Universal Pictures

59 Team

Project Director

Mark Grimmer

Senior Designer

Akhila Krishnan


Tommy Lexen


Lawrence Watson
Edd Stockton
Georgia Clegg

Assistant Designers

Dale Croft
Matthew Taylor

Design Intern

Felix Green


Jonathon Lyle

Technical Associate

Maximilien Spielbichler

Technical Assistant

Ian Syme

Technical Intern

David Callanan