Benjamin Britten and Montagu Slater's Peter Grimes

Author(s): Sam Kinchin-Smith

Performing Arts Drama Plays

��Who can turn skies back and begin again?�


This book contends that Peter Grimes, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential operas of the 20th century, is also one of the British theatre�s finest �lost� plays. Seeking to liberate Britten and Slater�s work from the blinkered traditions of theatre and opera criticism, Sam Kinchin-Smith poses two questions:

  • If an opera was created like a play, and can be staged as a play, is it a play?
  • If a portion of its success and influence is the product of this newly identified theatrical engine, is it then a great play?

The answers involve Wagner and W.G. Sebald, George Crabbe and Complicit�I> Akenfield and Twin Peaks.

Challenging long-established narratives of post-war theatre history, this book makes a compelling case for why practitioners and scholars of performance ought to pay more attention to Britten and Slater�s achievement � a milestone of unconventional English modernism � and perhaps to other operatic masterpieces too.


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General Fields

  • : 9781138678668
  • : Taylor & Francis Group
  • : Routledge
  • : February 2018
  • : --- length: - '7' width: - '5' units: - Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 98
  • : Paperback
  • : Sam Kinchin-Smith