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Ensemble

Social Comedy

Britten's 'Albert Herring' at the Buxton Festival,
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER

 

Albert Herring, Britten's one operatic foray into social comedy, has inevitably lost a bit of its edge over the years, with the resulting danger of it becoming something of a cosy nostalgia-fest. This is particularly true if, like director Francis Matthews here, you choose to set it not in the early 1900s as originally conceived, but in the late 1940s when it was written, which brings it within living memory of at least some of the audience.

The upside is that it places the action in a period of post-war change and social upheaval, but 'before we had teenagers', as designer Adrian Linford commented in the pre-show talk...

Copyright © 17 July 2017 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

YVONNE HOWARD

NICHOLAS MERRYWEATHER

JEFFREY LLOYD-ROBERTS

BUXTON OPERA HOUSE

BUXTON FESTIVAL

BUXTON

DERBYSHIRE

UNITED KINGDOM

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