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Play, Thu 31 Aug 2017

'Albert Herring' by Benjamin Britten

'Albert Herring' by Benjamin Britten


part of Left Bank Opera Festival 2017

Aspect Opera perform in Leeds for the first time with their hilarious new production of Britten's classic comedy.

At the turn of the century Britain holds dominion over an empire on which the sun never sets. The United Kingdom is prosperous and powerful, its people wealthy and proud. In the small town of Loxford, Ireland, the town elders are summoned by the potent aristocrat Lady Billows to devise their grand May Day celebration at which their new May Queen will be crowned. Enraged at the lack of virtuous and patriotic girls in the town, Lady Billows declares her assent for a boy- the blameless Albert Herring- to be made the first May King. That will teach the girls a lesson!

Yet all is not well in Loxford... whispers of rebellion and desire for a Free Irish State grow loud among the booming catholic population. Discontent for inequality is demonstrated in public protests, acts of vandalism, and even violence.

Albert, Sid, and Nancy want nothing than to be left alone to love, laugh and live their lives free from the politics of the town. But as May Day looms ever closer and unrest grows among the people of Loxford, are they doomed to be swept up by impending events? Maybe it’s time for a rebellion of their own.

Inspired by events that led to the 1916 Easter Rising and the Irish War of Independence, Aspect Opera’s new take on Britten’s comedy classic is a provocative and riotous spectacle that is sure to make audiences laugh, cry, and leave the theatre all too aware of the healthy benefits of a little dash of rum in their lemonade.


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Thu 31 Aug 2017 19:00 to 22:00

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Map reference: SE 281348  Lat: 53.80962 Long: -1.57444

By Car:

Take the A65 out of Leeds for one mile. At the junction with a viaduct above, turn right on to Caridgane Road. At the next set of lights carry straight on. The venue is found on the right hand side after the entrance to Harold Grove.

Public Transport

Travel by Bus

Local bus number 19 from Leeds city centre stops within a minute’s walk from the venue in either direction.

Buses 49, 50/50A and 56 stop within 10 minutes’ walk of the venue.

Travel by Train

Leeds Train Station is a 10 minute taxi ride away (20 minutes at peak times). The Harrogate line train between Leeds and Knaresborough stops at Burley Park station, which is a 5 minute walk away.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Burley Park station


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