Albert Herring

The Spectator by Alexandra Coghlan

“Social comedy at its most lovingly, evocatively drawn.”

“Francis Matthews’s Herring is so overflowing with anarchic glee that it quite literally spills out from under the curtain.”

“Yvonne Howard’s magnificent Lady Billows…”

“At its heart is Bradley Smith — warmly believable as the timid Albert, who just needs a little push to break loose from his mother’s apron strings. Together with Morgan Pearse’s likely lad of a Sid (and with deft help from conductor Justin Doyle and the NCO Festival Orchestra), he gilds a character comedy with some really excellent singing, giving Britten’s satire the weight of something real and human.”