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Albert Herring

Albert Herring

Benjamin Britten Albert Herring

Richard Pinkstone Albert Herring
Orla Boylan Lady Billows
Clarissa Meek Florence Pike
Anna Gillingham Miss Wordsworth
Kitty Whately Nancy
Tim Nelson Sid
Alexander Robin Baker Mr Gedge
Andri Björn Róbertsson Superintendent Budd
Kathleen Wilkinson Mrs Herring
Adrian Thompson Mr Upfold
Emily Vine Emmie
Catriona Hewitson Cis
Jack Stone/Hector Taggart Harry

Steuart Bedford conductor
John Copley director
Tim Reed designer
Prue Handley costume designer
Kevin Treacy lighting designer

Aurora appears at the Grange Festival for the first time, performing Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring. Two of the most distinguished and revered personalities in British opera, the legendary director John Copley, and the conductor Steuart Bedford, join forces to create a new production of this hilarious but revolutionary comic masterpiece.

This is one of Britten’s most daring scores, presaging the social upheavals of the 50s and 60s. Albert is not an angry young man, but in this opera we see him break free from the restraints of his society; over the course of one night, he throws convention out of the window, loses his virginity and discovers the delights and repercussions of binge-drinking! The only virgin in the village is reborn before us, and in uproarious style.

Described by the famous Russian pianist, Sviatoslav Richter, as ‘the greatest comic opera of the century’ this opera has repeatedly entertained and delighted audiences since its first performance in 1947. A comic masterpiece, with words by Eric Crozier – which are so witty that they could be a play in their own right – this hilarious opera by one of Britain’s greatest composers cannot fail to keep you on the edge of your seat and laughing out loud.

With a cast of familiar faces and a showcase for young rising stars, these performances will celebrate the best of British opera.


Sunday 25 June – 4pm
Thursday 29 June – 5pm
Saturday 1 July – 4pm
Friday 7 July – 5pm
Sunday 9 July – 4pm