|10:30||Taking a Closer Look at Iolanthe||Stephen Turnbull||Utopia Theatre||£7.50|
Secretary of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society Stephen Turnbull, returns with some fascinating insights into this afternoon’s National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company performance of Iolanthe
|13:00||Lunchtime entertainment||Hot & Cold Food||Utopia Pavilion||FREE|
|14:30||The Learned Judgement||Ronald Orenstein||Utopia Theatre||£15|
This afternoon we have something rather special. An Entirely New and Original Play in One Act entitled, THE LEARNED JUDGEMENT or Gone Abroad! It has been written by Canadian G&S enthusiast Ronald Orenstein and features some well known G&S characters including Sir Despard Murgatroyd, Minister of Education; Phyllis, a ward of court, aged eight; Aline, Bailey Barre, law clerk to the Lord Chancellor and many other. Festival performers will present a staged reading and we will complete the afternoon with some of Gilbert’s Bab Ballads.
|14:30||Iolanthe||National G&S Opera Co.||Royal Hall, Harrogate||£25 – £45|
Cav. Vivian Coates (Director) and Mary MacDonagh (Choreographer) scored a massive success in August with two outstanding productions of Princess Ida (5 star Daily Mail rating) and The Pirates of Penzance. This year we are delighted to welcome them back wioth a brand new production of Iolanthe. For Richard Gauntlett, The Lord Chancellor this is a special show and means he has now performed all the “patter” parts of the G&S canon.
|19:30||Ruddigore||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|