Henry's Girls

Alan Stafford's reconstruction of the first performance of an English opera.

Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas received its premiere at a girls' boarding school in Chelsea in 1689.

So why did one of England's most popular composers choose to write his greatest masterpiece for a gaggle of unruly schoolgirls rather than the professional theatre?

Henry Purcell....Robert Glenister

Mrs Purcell....Chloe Annett

Josias Priest....Robert Duncan

Mrs Priest....Nichola Mcauliffe

Charlotte's Father....Brian Bowles

Charlotte....Naoko Mori

Jenny....Catherine Shepherd

Molly....Butler

Directed by Dirk Maggs

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Alan Stafford's reconstruction of the first performance of an English opera.

Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas received its premiere at a girls' boarding school in Chelsea in 1689.

So why did one of England's most popular composers choose to write his greatest masterpiece for a gaggle of unruly schoolgirls rather than the professional theatre?

Henry Purcell....Robert Glenister

Mrs Purcell....Chloe Annett

Josias Priest....Robert Duncan

Mrs Priest....Nichola Mcauliffe

Charlotte's Father....Brian Bowles

Charlotte....Naoko Mori

Jenny....Catherine Shepherd

Molly....Butler

Directed by Dirk Maggs