Watch: Dudley Moore As Benjamin Britten And Peter Pears

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears.(Photo: Decca)
Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears.(Photo: Decca)

Those devilish gentlemen of Beyond the Fringe were surely up to no good with this parody of British composer Benjamin Britten (1911-1976) and his partner and muse, tenor Peter Pears (1910-1986).

Dudley Moore – yes, that’s Dudley Moore circa 1965 – takes composer and tenor to task with this scathing and hilarious take on a Brittenesque Little Miss Muffet:

This faux-gay knockabout was just outrageous enough to be quite biting for the BBC in the mid 1960s. Neither Britten nor Pears, God love them, were known for their humor. But as musicians, they were among the very great.

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