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David Webb, Eleanor Dennis, Graeme Broadbent in The Dancing Master, Buxton International Festival. Photograph: Genevieve Girling

Buxton International Festival – Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master

How times change! Malcolm Arnold’s opera, The Dancing Master, was intended for broadcast on BBC television in 1952 but was dropped because its adaptation of a racy Restoration play by William Wycherley was regarded as too bawdy. Needless to say, to audiences in 2021 witnessing this first professional performance in Britain, after successive waves of

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