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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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The Yeomen of the Guard – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto:W.S. Gilbert Director: Alan Borthwick Musical Director: David Lyle Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating:3.5] Edinburgh’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society's (EDGAS) new production is a lively and sensitive performance ofTheYeomenof the Guard. The Savoy operas immediately conjure up jollity, mix and match, political satire and patter coupled with stirring music and they always have a happy ending. Almost always. ...

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The Mikado – Tabard Theatre, London

Music: Arthur Sullivan Words: William Schwenck Gilbert Director: Matthew Johnson Reviewer: Edie R [rating:3] Not-so-breaking news: “The Mikado” is still funny. Transported by the “Pulling Focus” company to a Japanese golf course, and performed by a tiny cast and an even smaller group of musicians, the comedy and hummable melodies of Gilbert &Sullivan’s most popular operetta ensure that this fairly ...

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Ruddigore – Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Arthur Sullivan Words: William Schwenck Gilbert Director: Jo Davies Conductor: Timothy Henty Reviewer: Edie R [rating:4.5]   When Ruddygore, the tenth Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, opened in January 1887, its composer Arthur Sullivan recorded that “the audience showed dissatisfaction”; and the comic double-act embarked on a programme of revisions, cuts and plot re-workings to rectify their reception, even altering ...

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