The Original Peter Grimes

Tom Rosenthal compares the original Peter Grimes as depicted in the poem by the eccentric Suffolk poet George Crabbe to the one that Britten put on the stage. The blunt, damaged but heroic character of Britten's Grimes is a long way from the sadistic bully of the Crabbe poem, and Tom Rosenthal explores the reasons that might lie behind Britten's decision to change the original.

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