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Peterborough Opera, Paul Bunyan (Britten and W H Auden)

Peterborough Opera, Paul Bunyan (Britten and W H Auden)

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Saturday 25 Apr 20207:30pm Book Now (POSTPONED -DATE TO BE CONFIRMED) (Not Open for Sale)

Peterborough Opera presents


Paul Bunyan

(Britten and W H Auden)     - BOTH EVENTS POSTPONED - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED


TICKETS ARE REFUNDABLE: PLEASE RING OUNDLE BOX OFFICE 01832 274 734


Saturday, 25th April at 7:30pm

at St Peter's Church, Oundle

North St, PE8 4AL


Sunday, 26th April at 6pm

at St John's Church, Peterborough

Church St, Cathedral Square, PE1 1XB


TICKETS: £10 Adult / £5 Under 19


Wheelchair access available at both churches.




Paul Bunyan is the giant at the centre of an old American legend who is believed to have been the first logger. The operetta, which was written in America for students at Columbia University, received its first performance in 1941.  It didn’t have its UK premier until 1974 - at Snape Maltings with Britten present.


Paul Bunyan is huge and usually accompanied by a blue cow called Babe. In the operetta he recruits lumberjacks from all over the place, sets up a camp and tries to find a bookkeeper. The cooks want pets, so there are a dog and two cats, and at the start of the work, the scene is set by a forest of singing trees. News of Paul Bunyan is brought by three geese, and the action is triggered by a blue moon.


There is love (Hot Biscuit Slim and Paul’s daughter. Tiny), a fight, a row about the food and a Christmas party.  In Peterborough Opera’s production, everyone who wants one gets a solo to sing and we all have lots of fun.