Britten's Albert Herring
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 23 November 2013, 7pm
Britten Albert Herring
Steuart Bedford conductor
Kenneth Richardson director
Christine Brewer Lady Billows
Gaynor Keeble Florence Pike
Gillian Keith Miss Wordsworth
Roderick Williams Mr Gedge
Adrian Thompson Mr Upfold
Matthew Rose Superintendent Budd
Marcus Farnsworth Sid
Andrew Staples Albert Herring
Kitty Whately Nancy
Catherine Wyn-Rogers Mrs Herring
Eleanor Maloney Emmi
Emily-Jane Thomas Cis
Archie Buchanan Harry
Albert Herring is the brightest, breeziest and wittiest of all Britten’s operas. A delightful chamber piece that follows the fortunes of down-trodden young simpleton Albert Herring, who is put forward by the grotesque village worthies to be ‘King of May’ because the local girls have all disgraced themselves. Young lovers Sid and Nancy spike his drink on May Day and enjoy the chaos that ensues, when he escapes humiliation and his mother’s clutches. Britten expert Steuart Bedford conducts a fabulous cast, including Christine Brewer as Lady Billows, Gillian Keith as Miss Wordsworth, Roderick Williams as Mr Gedge and rising star Andrew Staples as Albert himself.
BBC SO Plus Study Afternoon
2.30pm-5.30pm Frobisher Rooms
An afternoon exploring Britten’s Albert Herring with Mervyn Cooke, professor at Nottingham University, and Dr Nick Clark from the Britten Pears Foundation.
Admission free to ticket-holders for the evening performance. Limited capacity.
Click here to watch our Britten 100 film about our Britten centenary celebrations.
How to get there
- The nearest Underground station is Barbican, on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines.To reach the Barbican,exit the station and cross Aldersgate Street in front of you. Walk through the road tunnel (Beech Street) before taking the first turning right into Silk Street. The Barbican is straight ahead of you. Alternatively, exit the station using the stairs to the first floor, crossing the road using the footbridge before following the signs to the Barbican. Other Underground stations nearby are Moorgate, St Paul's, Bank, Liverpool Street and Mansion House.
- Bus Route 153 stops outside the Barbican in Silk Street. Starting from outside Liverpool Street Station, it runs daily to the Barbican, Angel and Finsbury Park. Other services running near the Barbican are as follows: 8, 11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 76,78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 172, 214, 242, 243, 271, 344 (7 days a week); 4, (Mon-Sat); 21, 25, 521 (Mon-Fri).
- The nearest rail stations are Liverpool Street, Farringdon and Blackfriars. City Thameslink services serve Barbican, Moorgate and Cannon Street.
- The Barbican is clearly sign-posted and has four car parks. Two are off Beech Street (westbound access only) and two are off Silk Street near the main entrance. Please allow plenty of time for your journey. All car parks have a height restriction of 6'1". If the Barbican car parks are full, alternative parking is available in Aldersgate Street.
- The Main entrance at Silk Street is ramped and lifts give access to all levels. All our venues have seating for wheelchair users - please inform us of any access requirements on booking. There are three wheelchairs for visitors' use, subject to availability; these can be pre-booked by calling the Box Office on 020 7638 8891.