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.

Conductor Jonathan Butcher
Director Joe Austin
Lighting Designer Christopher Nairne


Photographer: Phil Wallace

Albert Herring Greg Tassell
Lady BillowsJoanna Weeks
Florence Pike Susan Moore
Sid Paul Sheehan
Nancy Rose Nolan
Mrs HerringPatricia Robertson
Miss WordsworthSera Ann Baines
Mr Gedge Tim Baldwin
Mr Upfold Jeremy Vinogradov
Superintendent Budd Cheyney Kent
EmmieAmy Worsfold
CisRebecca Henning
HarryRoss Lloyd