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ENGLISH OPERA GROUP 1946-1975
English Music Theatre 1976-1980

1950 (Jan): LET'S MAKE AN OPERA! - Benjamin Britten (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith)
English Opera Group: Gladys Parr / Ann Wood, Norman Lumsden / John Highcock, Anne Sharp, Pamela Woolmore / Dorothy Nash, Andrew Gold / Max Worthley, Alan Woolston, Paul Medland, Michael Nicholls, Jean Galton, Clive Wyatt, Shirley Eaton; c:Norman del Mar / Trevor Harvey, dir:Basil Coleman and Stuart Burge [6pp, 5x7.25 triple-fold; cast list, synopsis of scenes, orchestra list, casting schedule, credits etc.; VG] £4

1950 (Jul): THE BEGGAR'S OPERA - John Gay / Benjamin Britten (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith)
English Opera Group: Gladys Parr, David Franklin, Max Worthley, Esther Salaman, Nancy Evans, Bruce Boyce, Norman Lumsden, John Highcock, Geoffrey Connor, George Prangnell, Andrew Gold, Esther Darlington, Lily Kettlewell, Mildred Watson, Mary Grimmett, Cecilia Cardozo, Anne Sharp, Otakar Kraus, Rose Hill; c:Norman del Mar / Edward Renton, dir:Tyrone Guthrie and Basil Coleman [4pp, 5x7.25; cast list, credits etc.; light vertical bend, minor edge damage, else VG] £2

1955 (Sep-Oct): ENGLISH OPERA GROUP Season Flyer (Scala Theatre, London) Flyer
English Opera Group Scala Theatre Season: THE TURN OF THE SCREW, A DINNER ENGAGEMENT and FACADE, and LET'S MAKE AN OPERA!; Joan Cross, Jennifer Vyvyan, Arda Mandikian, Peter Pears, Trevor Anthony, Thomas Hemsley, David Hemmings, Irene Worth; c:Benjamin Britten, Norman Del Mar, Vilem Tausky, Charles Mackerras [single sheet flyer, 4.75x7.25; performance dates, list of singers and conductors, seat prices; somewhat rumpled, but a remarkable survivor!] (£1) SOLD

1956 (26 Sep-6 Oct): THE TURN OF THE SCREW - Benjamin Britten; VENUS AND ADONIS - John Blow, SAVITRI - Gustav Holst, and FACADE - William Walton; VENUS AND ADONIS and RUTH - Lennox Berkeley (Scala Theatre)
English Opera Group: SCREW - Peter Pears / Gerald English, Jennifer Vyvyan / Emerentia Scheepers, David Hemmings / Michael Hartnett, Olive Dyer / Maria Zeri, Lotte Medak, Arda Mandikian, c:Benjamin Britten / Charles Mackerras, dir:Basil Coleman, Colin Graham; V&A - Heather Harper / April Cantelo, Thomas Hemsley, Maria Zeri, Jean Allister, Patricia Clark, Kay Foster, Rosemarie Hill, Margaret Lensky, Norman Morgan, Johanna Paterson, Rosemary Phillips, Emerentia Scheepers, Leighton Camden, Derick Davies, Edgar Fleet, Noel Noble, David Oddie, Ian Paterson, Roger Stalman, Philip Todd, Maurice Wear, Gilgi Hauser, Janet Holmes, Doreen Metcalfe, Sandra Michaels, Eileen Sanford, Ann Wombwell, c:Charles Mackerras, dir:Clifford Williams; SAV - Arda Mandikian, Peter Pears, Thomas Hemsley, c:Charles Mackerras, dir:Peter Pears and Clifford Williams; FACADE - Dame Edith Sitwell / Dame Sybil Thorndike, Peter Pears, c:Charles Mackerras; RUTH - Una Hale, April Cantelo, Anna Pollak, Peter Pears, Thomas Hemsley, Patricia Clark, Kay Foster, Rosemarie Hill, Margaret Lensky, Norman Morgan, Johanna Paterson, Rosemary Phillips, Emerentia Scheepers, Leighton Camden, John Mitchinson, Noel Noble, David Oddie, Ian Paterson, Roger Stalman, Philip Todd, Maurice Wear, c:Charles Mackerras, dir:Peter Potter [12pp, 8.9x11.25; cast lists, synopses, programme notes, company lists, performance schedule, credits etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG] £5

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