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Gloriana to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 29 June

Get ready with essential guides, production photos, interviews with the cast and a glimpse backstage into rehearsals.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

28 June 2013 at 3.40pm | 1 Comment

Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana starring Susan Bullock and Toby Spence will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 6.45pm this Saturday (29 June).

The story and its origins

The opera, which was commissioned to celebrate the coronation of the Queen in 1953, is based on Lytton Strachey’s Elizabeth and Essex and depicts the public and private trials of Elizabeth I at the end of her reign. Find out more about the story with our Opera Essentials guide, and take a look at politically-themed operas.

Gloriana was written, like many of Britten’s operas, in Aldeburgh. Watch Susan Bullock and Britten biographer John Bridcut on the coastal town that inspired Britten.

View rehearsal photos from the original 1953 production:

The opera is a famous example of depicting the monarchy on stage. Find out more about the history of royalty on stage, including a look at the historical role of the censor.

The staging and rehearsals

Richard Jones’s production is set in 1953 and features a stage within a stage. Watch footage from rehearsals featuring conductor Paul Daniel working with the cast:

Review the show

Read audience reactions to the opening night and live cinema relay, and add your own review.

Gloriana runs until 6 July. Tickets are still available.

It will also be screened live in cinemas on 24 June, marking the close of the ROH live Cinema Season 2012/13. It will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 6.45pm on 29 June.

This production has been made possible thanks to the generous philanthropic support of the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Boltini Trust and Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

28 June 2013 at 3.40pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged background, BBC Radio 3, by Richard Jones, Film, Gloriana, live, Photography, photos, Production, radio, Rehearsal

This article has 1 comment

  1. Susan Pyke responded on 28 June 2013 at 8:58pm Reply

    Please could you show the programme notes online or email them before the screening & broadcast, as is common practice now.

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