Albert Herring


Surrey Opera made its Barn Theatre debut in September 2011, with an exciting new professional production of Benjamin Britten’s comic opera, Albert Herring.

This acknowledged masterpiece was both witty and musically ingenious. The Barn Theatre (only 35 mins by rail from London) was an ideal setting for this opera, with its hilarious plot that told the story of rural life in a Suffolk village. No girl was pure enough to be May Queen, so it was agreed that there was only one option - to crown someone May King. Guess who - Albert of course, the shy young greengrocer! But all was not straightforward…

Nationally respected conductor and musician Jonathan Butcher returned to his home town to conduct the opera, with a talented production team. The cast of professional opera singers was accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra.

ConductorJonathan Butcher
DirectorJoe Austin
Lighting DesignerChristopher Nairne
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Photographer: Phil Wallace


Albert HerringGreg Tassell
Lady BillowsJoanna Weeks
Florence PikeSusan Moore
SidPaul Sheehan
NancyRose Nolan
Mrs HerringPatricia Robertson
Miss WordsworthSera Ann Baines
Mr GedgeTim Baldwin
Mr UpfoldJeremy Vinogradov
Superintendent BuddCheyney Kent
EmmieAmy Worsfold
CisRebecca Henning
HarryRoss Lloyd
King ArthurKevin Jones
GuenevereEmily Yarrow
LancelotAndrew Bain
Merlyn / PellinoreTim Baldwin
Mordred / DapDanilo Antonelli
Sir DinadanSeb Charlesworth
Sir LionelJames Schouten
Sir SagramoreJack Tebbutt
NimueJacqueline Yu