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Paul Bunyan: Paul Bunyan (ETO): Monday 17 February 2014, 7.30pm at Linbury Studio Theatre

Paul Bunyan

Liam Steel directs a new production of Britten's rarely-seen first stage work, a beguiling evocation of America.

Venue

Linbury Studio Theatre

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Season

This event is part of the Winter 2013/14 season.

Background

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.

Please note

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.