Overview


Synopsis

In the small town of Loxford in East Sussex, the old-fashioned autocrat Lady Billows is in a tizzy. She has assembled a committee of the most important people in town to try to find a suitable Queen for their annual May Day Feast, but none of the young women in town are of suitable moral character. It is pointed out that there is one person in town who is virginal, obedient, upstanding, and moral—Albert Herring, the greengrocer’s son. Albert, timid from years living under his mother’s thumb, is crowned the King of the May. What no one expects is that this event will lead to an evening of drunken debauchery for Albert! Benjamin Britten’s only true comic opera, explores the themes of losing innocence, social stratification, Victorian morality, and coming of age, all cast in the setting of the composer’s brilliantly witty chamber score. explores the themes of losing innocence, social stratification, Victorian morality, and coming of age, all cast in the setting of the composer’s brilliantly witty chamber score.


Characters

Female

Lead

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Lead

Baritone



Show Information

Book:
Based On Book By:
Category
Opera
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1947
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
april and may 1900; loxford, a small (imaginary) town near east suffolk, england
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Small
Dancing
None
Ideal For
chamber, professional, college, regional, small budget
Casting Notes:
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, early teen characters

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