Terry Gilliam has made an anticipated return to the English National Opera, directing the production of Benvenuto Cellini, featuring music from composer Hector Berlioz, conducted by Edward Gardner.

ENO Benvenuto Cellini 10 (c) ENO_Richard Hubert Smith

Terry Gilliam’s quirky, eccentric style comes through in the production

Announced as part of the English National Opera’s 2013-2014 season, the play opened on June 5, 2014 with plans to run until June 27, 2014. Cinema screenings will be available throughout the UK on June 17, 2014. The opera’s story follows the autobiography of 16th century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini through an interwoven plot of love, intrigue, disguise and mistaken identity, allowing the imagination of Gilliam to run wild.

He is renowned for his eccentric and quirky style. Gilliam is already well known for his iconic screenplay ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ starring Johnny Depp, with further writing accreditations as ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ starring the late Heath Ledger, though admittedly he is most well known for his standing as part of the Monty Python comedy troupe. Other stage accreditations include ‘The Damnation of Faust’ in 2011, which proved to be a sell out. For  more information visit www.eno.org/cellini