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Opera North’s Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury – The Grand, Leeds

Cavalleria rusticana Music: Pietro Mascagni Libretto: Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci Director: Karolina Sofulak Trial by Jury Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto: William Schwenck Gilbert Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Both Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury are part of The Little Greats festival which Opera North is presenting this autumn.  The double bill of short operas makes up the evening’s lineup and both productions make their ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Triple Bill – Theatre Royal, York

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Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan/Hans van Manen/John Cranko Design: Desmond Heeley/Jean-Paul Vroom/Osbert Lancaster Reviewer: Ron Simpson Birmingham Royal Ballet is currently touring two different triple bills on short “North” and “South” tours. Audiences in Cornwall have two new ballets on the bill, but nothing in the North programme is later than 1977 and two of the ballets are classic one-acters from the ...

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Patience (or Bunthorne’s Bride) – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer/Composer  W.S. Gilbert/Arthur Sullivan Director: Liam Steel Conductor: Timothy Burke Designer: Florence de Mare Reviewer: Ron Simpson English Touring Opera’s Spring programme consists of two operas which have nothing in common stylistically despite being first performed within 20 years of each other. Puccini’s blood-boltered melodrama Tosca is teamed with Patience, an excellent choice as ETO’s first Gilbert and Sullivan. Like ...

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HMS Pinafore – The Lowry, Salford

Libretto: W.S. Gilbert Music: Arthur Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Choreographer: Lizzi Gee Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan are known for being witty, with gorgeous tunes, social satire and tongue-twisting lyrics. No one would ever say that they were authentic. Really, therefore, the concept of an all-maleproduction of HMS Pinafore should not be controversial and that ...

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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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