Britten’s portrayal of the Virgin Queen

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A 60-year-old portrait of the public and private faces of Elizabeth I is screened at the Heart of Hawick and the Eastgate Theatre on Monday.

Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana was commissioned by the Royal Opera House to mark the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.

A Royal Opera House spokesman said: “William Plomer drew on Lytton Strachey’s Elizabeth and Essex to create the libretto, which artfully combines modern and archaic forms of English.

Britten’s score is similarly diverse: it mixes the sounds and manners of Tudor England – from lute songs to courtly dances – with the composer’s own distinctive style.”

Gloriana also depicts the deterioration of her relationship with the Earl of Essex. Director Richard Jones is known at the Royal Opera House for his interpretations of Il Trittico, The Gambler and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Gloriana starts at 7.15pm in both venues and tickets are available from the Eastgate (phone 01721 725777) and Heart of Hawick (phone 01450 360688).