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HMS Pinafore – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: W S Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director:Sasha Regan Reviewer: Claire Hayes Sasha Regan’s all-male take on Gilbert &Sullivan’s Victorian classic H.M.S. Pinafore was originally staged at Southwark’s Union Theatre over two years ago, but feels just as pin-sharp in this 2016 tour as when it first set sail. Based below decks in a Second World War battleship, sailors lounge ...

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The Pirates of Penzance – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto: W.S. Gilbert Artistic Director: Alan Borthwick Musical Director: David Lyle Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society presentsThe Pirates of Penzance this week at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh. Full of some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best work, this comedy opera is given a modern twist while keeping all the original prose, which results in ...

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The Mikado – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: W.S. Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director: Thom Sutherland Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Death, dictatorship and cruel punishments may not be everyone’s idea of a good night at the theatre, but The Mikado serves all these things with a lightly comic musical wrapping. This new production at the Charing Cross Theatre stays in Japan but enhances the frivolity by relocating ...

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The Gondoliers – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Lyrics: W S Gilbert Music: Arthur Sullivan Director: Jeff Clarke Reviewer: Michael Gray   The Venetian Initiative sees Opera della Luna, that iconoclastic, hugely entertaining pocket opera company, taking the Gilbert and Sullivan gospel into the community. In its most ambitious venture yet, with Arts Council funding, they are recruiting a team of young music-theatre performers for each venue, opening ...

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HMS Pinafore – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Libretto: WS Gilbert Music: Arthur Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: James Garrington Think of Gilbert and Sullivan and the first thoughts for many are of draughty village halls and amateur theatre groups, for this is how their work is most often seen these days. As time has moved on, so have theatrical tastes and now, even for amateur theatre audiences, ...

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The Mikado -The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W.S. Gilbert Musical Director: Ben Holder Reviewer: Sue Collier This production of The Mikado was due to start at 7:30pm, but it was only at this point that the auditorium was opened to the public and an amusing explanation announced, namely that the stage curtains would not close. The outcome of this problem turned out to ...

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The Mikado – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto: W C Gilbert Original Director: Jeff Clarke Revival Director: Jenny Arnold Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating: 5] Opera Della Luna have been producing innovative productions of musical theatre for nearly twenty years. Their present tour of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado keeps up their high standards of producing accessible enjoyable shows on a smaller scale than the ...

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The Pirates of Penzance, Opera House, Manchester

Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: William Gilbert Director: Martin Lloyd-Evans Conductor: Derek Clark Reviewer: Louise Hulley [Rating:4] The Pirates of Penzance, one of Gilbert and Sullivans best loved operas made its debut in New York on the 31st December 1879. The Scottish Opera and D'oyly carte production of the show ticks all the boxes. This show has been entertaining generations for ...

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