Author(s): Sam Kinchin-Smith
��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:
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.