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Albert Herring

The greatest comic opera of the century


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 Benjamin Britten’s hilarious but revolutionary comic masterpiece, Albert Herring.

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.

  • Composer — Benjamin Britten
  • Librettist — Eric Crozier
  • Based on — Based on Le rosier de Madame Husson by Guy de Maupassant
  • Sung in — English

Production Team

  • Prue Handley

    Prue Handley Costume Designer




a delicious delight...impeccably directed, conducted and sung

The Times

as delightful as the day it was written

Financial Times

Copley's expertly crafted production extracts every ounce of humour from Britten's cosy comedy; in the pit, Steuart Bedford brings precision and sensibility

The Guardian

This is the best show I've seen there since the daring shot at Prokofiev's The Gambler a decade ago

The Arts Desk

John Copley directs a peach of an Albert Herring for The Grange Festival


Pinkstone allowed his performance to become more animated and the final scene was a brilliant mixture of comedy and seriousness

Planet Hugill

The cast was a true ensemble one, without a weak link in its golden chain


reassuringly skillful stagecraft

The Stage
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