By Mark Ravenhill.
Benjamin Britten's 'Gloriana', commissioned for the Queen's Coronation Gala in 1953, was, according to Lord Harewood 'one of the greatest disasters of operatic history'. This play tells how Imogen Holst moved to be near Britten in Aldeburgh to support him as he worked on the score in the months leading up to the premiere.
Benjamin Britten - Paul Ready
Imogen Holst - Amanda Root
Lord Harewood - Charles Edwards
With pianist Joseph Houston and soprano Emma Tring, and the New London Children's Choir.
Directed by Jeremy Mortimer
Mark Ravenhill's new play, based on Voltaire's Candide, opens at the RSC in August. Other current projects include a libretto for the Norwegian National Opera and ITV sitcom Vicious, starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi