Billy Budd explores many of Benjamin Britten's recurrent themes with penetrating psychological insight: innocence corrupted, good destroyed by evil, and the outsider. It tells the tale of Billy, a young sailor who radiates beauty and goodness, provoking the envy of the ship's Master at Arms, John Claggart. The one man who has it in his power to save Billy is the HMS Indomitable's captain, Vere... For many, the power of Britten's large-scale orchestral writing, the all-male forces, and the intensity with which he responds to the work's subject matter make this his greatest operatic achievement. This is the first time Opera North has staged Billy Budd in more than 20 years. Orpha Phelan directs a cast of leading Britten interpreters including Roderick Williams in the title role, Alan Oke as Vere and Alastair Miles as Claggart, the Master at Arms who helps seal Billy's fate.
Map reference: SE 303338 Lat: 53.79985 Long: -1.54122
By Road: Follow the Leeds loop and come off at junction 8.
By Public Transport: From the railway station, walk up Park Row from City Square to The Headrow. Turn right along The Headrow. Pass The Light complex, Dortmund Square and Primark. Turn left along New Briggate for 50yds. Theatre is on the right.
Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station