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John Tomlinson's Claggart is a known quantity; it was good to see him in the role again. Tomlinson's delivery has a power of communication and intensity which lends itself to this sort of role. In Armfield's production, Tomlinson's Claggart was a severe, repressed, buttoned up figure, only revealing his real thoughts in his long solo, where he caressed Billy's red neckerchief (this neckerchief cropped up at various points in the production: Vere held it during the prologue and epilogue).

Simon Keenlyside as Bily Budd (left) with John Tomlinson as Claggart. Photo © 2005 ENO/Clive Barda
Simon Keenlyside as Bily Budd (left) with John Tomlinson as Claggart. Photo © 2005 ENO/Clive Barda

 

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Copyright © 6 December 2005 Robert Hugill, London UK

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