Albert Herring

Benjamin Britten

12 January - 2 March 2024


May Day is looming, and the small town of Loxford is in chaos.

All the potential May Queens are deemed morally unsuitable. Desperate, the locals decide a May King will have to do instead. They choose the blameless Albert Herring, from the greengrocers. He isn’t keen, but stuck firmly under his mother’s thumb, he’ll do what he is told. However, after one rum-laced lemonade at the May Day ceremony, Albert disappears, and even greater chaos ensues.

The opera’s librettist Eric Crozier took a story by Maupassant and transformed it into a quintessentially English comedy. Britten’s music characterises the town’s inhabitants with a biting satirical wit – but there’s a touch of affection, too, for a vanished way of life. The intimacy of the Howard Assembly Room is the perfect environment for Giles Havergal’s delightfully immersive production.

“Each character comes alive”
★★★★★ — Financial Times (2013)

“…buckets of energy and zestful acting”
★★★★ — The Times (2013)

Albert Herring will be streamed online via our partners at OperaVision.

From £25
  • Howard Assembly Room

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes including one 20 minute interval

Sung in English

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Cast & creative

A man wearing a waistcoat and smiling.
Dafydd Jones

Albert Herring

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Judith Howarth

Lady Billows

Claire Pascoe

Mrs Herring

A woman with dark hair wearing earrings.
Heather Shipp

Florence Pike

A man with short hair wearing a stripey shirt.
William Dazeley

Mr Gedge

Paul Nilon
Paul Nilon

Mr Upfold

A woman with curly dark hair resting her head on her hand.
Amy Freston

Miss Wordsworth

Richard Mosley Evans
Richard Mosley-Evans

Superintendent Budd

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Dominic Sedgwick


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Katie Bray


A woman with long hair stood in front of a tree.
Rosa Sparks


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Garry Walker

Conductor (EXC. 20 JAN)

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David Cowan

Conductor (20 JAN)

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Giles Havergal


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Elaine Tyler-Hall

Associate Director

Leslie Travers

Set & Costume Designe

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John Bishop

Lighting Designer

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Tim Claydon

Movement Director

Albert Herring

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