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: THE ENGLISH OPERA GROUP presents the first performance of Benjamin Britten's new lyric comedy at the Glyndeboume Opera House, Sussex ' ALBERT HERRING'

Libretto by Eric Crozier
Produced by Frederick Ashton
The English Opera Group
Chamber Orchestra
(Leader, Jack Kessler )
Conducted by Benjamin Britten
The action of the comedy takes place during April and May of the year 1900 at Loxford, a small market town in East Suffolk
Act 1
Scene 1: The morning room in Lady
Billows' house
Scene 2: Mrs. Herring's shop


Unknown: Eric Crozier
Produced By: Frederick Ashton
Leader: Jack Kessler
Conducted By: Benjamin Britten
Lady Billows, an elderly autocrat: Joan Cross
Florence Pike, her housekeeper and companion: Gladys Parr
Mr Gedge, the Vicar of St Mary's: William Parsons
Police Superintendent Budd: Norman Lumsden
Mr Upfold, Mayor of Loxford and butcher: Roy Ashton
Miss Wordsworth, head teacher at the Church School.: Margaret Ritchie
Sid, butcher's assistant: Frederick Sharp
Nancy, a girl from the bakery: Nancy Evans
Mrs Herring, owner of a green grocer's shop: Betsy de la Porte
Albert Herring, her son, who runs the shop: Peter Pears
Three tiresome village children: Emmie: Lesley Duff
Three tiresome village children:Cis: Anne Sharp
Three tiresome village children:Harry: David Spencer


' Le Rosier de Madame Husson ' by Guv de Maupassant, is the story on which Benjamin Britten 's opera ' Albert Herring ' is based. James McKechnie reads a passage from the translation by Ernest Boyd and Storm Jameson


Unknown: Benjamin Britten
Unknown: Albert Herring
Unknown: James McKechnie
Translation By: Ernest Boyd
Translation By: Storm Jameson


Campoli (violin)
Denise Lassimonne (piano)
Three-part Inventions


Piano: Denise Lassimonne


Act 2
Scene 1: A marquee in the Rectory garden
Scene 2: Mrs. Herring's shop


Act 3
Mrs. Herring's shop


Comment and Action
A series of programmes designed to introduce great English and foreign plays that are seldom performed in this country
' TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT' by Christopher Marlowe
(The birth of English poetic drama)
Selections from the play, with a commentary written by M. R. Ridley
Produced by Mary Hope Allen


Unknown: Christopher Marlowe
Written By: M. R. Ridley
Produced By: Mary Hope Allen
Tamburlaine: Robert Speaight
Zenocrate: Helen Piers
Calyphas: John Alexander
Amyras: Harold Reese
Celebinus: Peter Mullins
Theridamus: Ivan Samson
Cosroe: Deryck Guyler
Orcanes: Roderick Lovell
Bajazeth: Alexander Sarner
Zabina: Olive Burleigh
Mycetes: Patric Curwen
Narrator: Ronald Simpson


A selective appreciation by Laurence Whistler. Reader, George Rose. Produced by Patric Dickinson


Reader: Laurence Whistler.
Reader: George Rose.
Produced By: Patric Dickinson

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