The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company is the Festival’s own, professional Company and is often likened to an updated version of the original D’Oyly Carte Opera Company established by Gilbert & Sullivan almost 150 years ago.
It is the only British, professional company to exclusively stage and perform Gilbert & Sullivan and offers major theatres around the UK four different shows each season.
In 2018 the Opera Company will perform five brand-new productions of The Pirates of Penzance, Trial by Jury & The Sorcerer, Ruddigore, Iolanthe and Haddon Hall. The Opera Company tours with their own National Gilbert & Sullivan Orchestra. The 24-piece orchestra plays Sullivan ‘as it should be played” and features professional musicians with vast experience recognised as the specialist orchestra for Gilbert & Sullivan.
2018 will see one of the biggest tours to date, performing in 10 locations around the country.
What the papers say
“a riot of all singing all dancing nonsense”
“sheer fun from start to finish”
“polished, zany, and ‘deliciously camp”