Liam Steel directs a new production of Britten's rarely-seen first stage work, a beguiling evocation of America.
Paul Bunyan was Britten's first work for the stage. He and librettist W.H. Auden created the piece during their time in America, and sought to capture the spirit of the booming, forward-looking country around them – with as much affection as irreverence. Auden's lyrical, subtle satire interweaves with a score that sees the young Britten at his most playful and inventive: folk, blues and Broadway are incorporated into a musical language that remains distinctively his.
Access restrictions on 17 February
The Royal Opera House is hosting the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 on 16 February. Owing to the scale of the event, Bow Street will be closed to all traffic from 13 to 17 February 2014. We recommend those patrons who cannot walk long distances are dropped off either at the corner of Bow Street and Floral Street, or the junction between Wellington Street and Russell Street.