Who could have imagined what a turbulent time was in store for us when we said goodbye at last year’s Festival? It seems like a lifetime ago.
Ian Smith’s passing last November was such a sad time for family, friends, and colleagues. His limitless energy, enthusiasm, and sheer willpower is deeply missed and never more so than since we had to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Festival.
During those very early days of lockdown, there were just so many “what ifs?” What if we couldn’t find alternative income for the next twelve months? What if we had to cancel our January weekend too?
What if….? Those pesky “what ifs” rained thick and fast as we went through every scenario. But, like everyone else trying to run a business in theatre, entertainment, travel, and hospitality, there is no easy solution. We simply have to get through.
So, thank you. Thank you to all the members of the Friends of the G&S Festival. Thank you if you were able to donate all or part of your tickets. Thank you if you were able to accept vouchers for next year’s Festival.
Thank you, too, for so many kind and supportive emails. They showed us just how much love and appreciation there is for the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and just how vital it is that it continues in the years to come.
And another round of thanks for your patience as we sort out ticket exchanges and refunds. It has been an unusually lengthy and complicated process.
You have our promise that we will work tirelessly to get the Festival and the G&S Opera Company back on the road next summer. Some people have questioned our need for support and suggested we should find a different job until next year. It isn’t quite so simple. You can read about how we bring the Festival to you HERE.
In the meantime, stay healthy and well and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we can!