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Jack the Ripper The Women of Whitechapel, 2019, Marie McLaughlin and Janis Kelly, by Alastair Muir

This world premiere was composed by Ian Bell with a libretto from Emma Jenkins. Set in 1888 in a London doss house, it tells the real stories of the women who were drawn together in their determination to survive the murderous terror that stalks London's Whitechapel. Exploring the themes of community and women struggling against the odds, it poses questions about the hypocritical attitudes of 'respectable' society. The mythic status of the unidentified serial killer is addressed through a refreshingly modern lens, which speaks to us over a century later. This new work was directed by Artistic Director Daniel Kramer and conducted by ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins.