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Sasha Regan’s Iolanthe – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Gilbert and Sullivan’s uproarious satirical operetta Iolanthe is a must see this week at Brighton’s Theatre Royal, a somewhat miniature Savoy, the home of the 1882 original show, with its velvet Victorian interiors. Iolanthemay be antiquated but it is classic, and the mischievous references spark intrigue and tears of ...

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NEWS: Scottish Opera’s much-loved Pop-Up Opera on tour this summer

Scottish Opera’s Pop-up Opera is back on the road from May 2018, with three shows for audiences of all ages: A Little Bit of HMS Pinafore, A Little Bit of Eugene Onegin and Be A Sport, Spike!, which has been commissioned by Festival 2018, the cultural programme of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. Performed in Scottish Opera’s fully accessible travelling ...

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The Mikado – King’s Head Theatre, London

Music: Arthur Sullivan Book and Lyrics: W. S. Gilbert Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operas can, in some productions, be susceptible to the same fate as Shakespeare’s comedies: produced with such reverent banality that all sense of humour blanches away, leaving nothing but dull, starchy worthiness. How refreshing, then, to find in the King’s Head ...

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The Pirates of Penzance – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writers: Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Cav.Vivian Coates Musical Director: Andrew Nicklin Reviewer: Lu Greer Gilbert and Sullivan's Operas, known for bringing fun and accessibility to a medium which is so often considered distant to many, have produced many an iconic show but perhaps none more so than The Pirates of Penzance. Thanks to his hard of hearing nursemaid, instead of ...

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The Mikado – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Three Men Laughing

Writers and composers : Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Marina Spark All male casts are often used to bring a fresh approach to classics and generally find success at least owing in part to the novelty of a drag act. Sasha Regan's all-male The Mikado or The Town Of Titipu exceeds these normal successes and delivers Gilbert and ...

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HMS Pinafore In Concert – Buxton Opera House

HMS Pinafore in Concert

Writers: Gilbert and Sullivan Music Director/Conductor: Martin Handley Reviewer: Jim Gillespie   A 26-piece orchestra and a handful of soloists bring the songs from Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic opera to a town still smarting from the loss of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, now decamped to Harrogate. The loss of one of the highlights of the Summer ...

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The Mikado – New Theatre, Cardiff

Libretto: W.S.Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Cherry blossom, twirling parasols, catchy songs and ridiculous not-to-be-taken-seriously scenarios are what we expect from a Gilbert and Sullivan opera. Deliciously over the top, with well-known tunes that have stood the test of time, The Mikado is one of the most popular. Who can resist Three Little Maids from ...

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HMS Pinafore – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Librettist: W.S Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Jess Rowe As part of a trio of touring Gilbert and Sullivan classics from The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, we set sail back to Portsmouth to embark on an evening of mayhem, humour and talent. HMS Pinafore carries the load of a love triangle between Josephine (Elinor Jane ...

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