|10:30||On Stage with the Met and G&S||Richard Holmes||Utopia Theatre||£7.50|
Richard Holmes has lived a legendary life at the Metropolitan Opera: More than 9000 appearances, acting, speaking, singing, but before he began his astonishing 53 year career at the Met, he fell in love with Gilbert and Sullivan at the age of 6, knowing every word of Iolanthe by the time he saw it. While becoming friends with opera legend Dame Joan Sutherland and getting a kiss from Birgit Nilsson on his first night at the Met, he has performed 27 roles in the Savoy canon including his home company for 37 seasons, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. Richard will take you on a backstage tour of his life. An event full of laughter and legends!
|13:00||Lunchtime entertainment||Hot & Cold Food||Utopia Pavilion||FREE|
|14:30||Trial by Jury & HMS Pinafore||Kings College London G&S Society||Harrogate Theatre||£15|
Kings College London G&S Society are celebrating their 30th birthday this year – and they plan to do it in style! Don’t miss their magical double bill of two Gilbert & Sullivan favourites.
TRIAL BY JURY is a delightful, one act operetta about the glamorous Angelina, jilted by her dastardly fiancee Edwin. She decides to sue him for breach of promise of marriage. The judge and indeed all the members of the jury fall for Angelina’s charms so will she finally manage to walk down the aisle?
Gilbert’s wit is brilliant and Sullivan’s music at its best, so no wonder Trial by Jury has been referred to as “probably the most successful British one-act operetta of all time”.
HMS PINAFORE is one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert & Sullivan’s great comic creations, with many well-known songs including ‘Little Buttercup’ and ‘He is in Englishman’.
|14:30||The Pirates of Penzance||The National G&S Opera Co.||Royal Hall, Harrogate||£25 – £45|
Celebrating 25 wonderful years of Gilbert & Sullivan, the acclaimed National G&S Opera Company sail back into Buxton with the first of five fantastic, brand-new productions for their 2018 season. The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s great comic creations full of memorable melodies you will be humming all the way home.
With a band of swashbuckling pirates who are really peers of the realm, a completely dotty Major General, his beautiful daughters and a bumbling bunch of hopeless but hilarious policemen whose lot is definitely not a happy one, what could possibly go wrong? Be prepared for a delightfully entertaining and traditional production of this much-loved comic opera directed by Richard Gauntlett and conducted by Andrew Nicklin
|19:30||Ruddigore||The National G&S Opera Co.||Royal Hall, Harrogate||£25 – £45|
Don’t miss this classic melodrama performed by the G&S Opera Company. Sir Despard Murgatroyd has inherited a witch’s curse forcing him to commit a crime a day or die in agony, but his shy, unassuming elder brother Robin, believed to be dead, is discovered to be alive and living nearby. Robin must now step into his rightful place and assume the title of the Bad Baronet of Ruddigore and either commit a crime every day or submit to the horrible consequences meted out by the terrifying ghosts of his ancestors.
Directed by Vivien Coates and conducted by James Hendry.
|22:00||Late Night Festival Club & Cabaret||Bar and Hot & Cold Food||Utopia Pavilion||£3|