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Details of forthcoming performances in the UK and abroad will be found below.

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Grim's Dyke Hotel, W.S. Gilbert's former home on Harrow Weald, presents opera dinners: Trial by Jury 22 May, 9 Oct; H.M.S. Pinafore 25 Sep; The Pirates of Penzance 10 Jul, 20 Nov; Iolanthe  18 Dec; The Mikado  4 Dec; Ruddigore 6 Nov; The Yeomen of the Guard 4 Sep. Suppers: Patience 19 Jun; Iolanthe 7 Aug; The Mikado 5 Jun, 21 Aug. 


The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present Princess Ida 21/22 May.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents The Yeomen of the Guard in repertoire from 24 Feb - 30 Oct 2016. Adapted by Sean Graney, Andra Velis Simon, Matt Kahler; directed by Sean Graney.

Sasha Regan presents a tour of her all-male production of  H.M.S. Pinafore: Cambridge Arts Theatre 20 - 23 Apr; Hackney Empire 27 Apr - 1 May; York Grand Opera House 3 - 7 May; Winchester Theatre Royal 12 - 14 May; Beverley East Riding Theatre 23 - 25 May; Bridlington Spa 23 - 28 May; Bath Theatre Royal 31 May - 4 Jun ; Richmond (Surrey) Theatre 14 - 18 Jun; Brighton Theatre Royal 21 - 25 Jun; Truro Hall for Cornwall 30 Jun - 2 July; Malvern Theatres 5 - 9 Jul; Bromley Churchill Theatre 11 - 13 Jul; Salford Lowry 14 - 16 Jul; Shrewsbury Severn Theatre 18 - 20 Jul; Leicester Curve 21 - 23 Jul.

Opera Anywhere presents The Pirates of Penzance: St. Teilo Arts Centre, Cardiff 28 May; St. James' church, Chipping Campden 30 Jul; Corn Exchange, Dorchester 11 Aug; Pirates on Punts (Pirates performed partly on and beside the river Cherwell) Wolfson College, Oxford 2pm and 6pm 13 Aug. Also The Mikado: Banbury School 11 Jun; West Wittering church 2 Jul; Little theatre, Lewes 30 Dec.

Theater Koblenz presents Savoy Operas: Comic operas by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert: 21/25/28 May, 1/3 June 8pm, Probebühne 4. Musical Director Daniel Spogis. Described as a project of the opera chorus, the blurb on the theatre's website does not give a clear picture of what is to be performed, but we understand that it will include items from "almost all" of the operas. Probebühne 4 is one of four performance spaces at Theater Koblenz, Clemensstrasse 5, 56068 Koblenz.

There are no major works by Sullivan in the very varied programme of the tenth English Music Festival in Oxfordshire at the end of May, but there are two separate performances of one of his songs, 'Sigh no more, ladies'. Belinda Yates will be singing it in the presentation Shakespeare in Song by In Voice and Verse in All Saints' church, Sutton Courtenay on the afternoon of 28 May. The following morning Richard Edgar-Wilson, accompanied by David Owen Norris, will sing the song in a completely different Shakespeare recital in the Silk Hall of Radley College.

Further performances of Shakespeare in Song by In Voice and Verse, and featuring 'Sigh no more, ladies', are at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 4PF on 14 Apr at 7.30. Tickets £15: 01628-788997 or

21 June 2016 - Lunchtime St Mary le Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich. IP1 3BE.

The same company presents another programme, Rule Britannia, which includes 'When thou tookest' from Sullivan's Festival Te Deum

7 May evening St Mary the Virgin, Pump Hill, Brent Pelham, Hertfordshire. SG9 0HE; 18 June evening Lymm Festival. Cheshire WA13; 9 July evening St Mary's church, Church Street, Chesham,  HP5 1HY. Rule Britannia is available on compact disc.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra presents the suite from The Merchant of Venice and three dances from The Tempest in a Shakespeare concert on 1 June 2016.

Scottish Opera and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company announce a co-production of The Mikado: Glasgow Theatre Royal 5-14 May; Inverness  Eden Court Theatre 19-21 May;
Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre 26-28 May; Edinburgh Festival Theatre 1-5 June; Belfast Grand Opera House  9-11June; NewcastleTheatre Royal 15-18 June; Bristol Hippodrome 22-25 June;
Southmapton Mayflower Theatre 29 June- 2 July. Musical Directors Derek Clark and David Steadman; Director Martin Lloyd-Evans. Cast includes Rebecca Bottone, Ben McAteer, Andrew Shore and Richard Suart.

Illyria presents a UK tour of Ruddigore: 9 Jul 7pm Berkhampstead Castle; 10 Jul 6pm Lytham Hall, Lytham St. Annes; 11 Jul 7.30 Logie Steading, Forres; 12 Jul 7.30 Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith; 14 Jul Drum Castle, Aberdeen; 15 Jul 7.30 Rothay Park, Ambleside; 16 Jul 7.30 West Wycombe Park, High Wycombe; 17 Jul 6.30 Tatton Park Old Hall, Knutsford; 19 Jul 7.30 Corfe Castle nr. Swanage; 20 Jul 7.30 Coleton Fishacre; 21 Jul 7.30 Chepstow Castle; 22 Jul 7.30 Penlee Park, Penzance; 23 Jul 7.30 Wintershill Hall, Durley, Hants; 24 Jul 3pm The Temple Enclosure, Wanstead Park, Epping Forest; 26 Jul 7.30 Tonbridge Castle; 27 jul 7pm Dolphin Square Gardens, London; 28 Jul 7.30 Cardigan Castle; 29 Jul 7pm The Vicarage Garden, Great Torrington; 30 Jul 3pm Dorney Court Kitchen Garden, nr. Maidenhead; 31 jul 7pm Newstead Abbey, Notts. 2 Aug 7.15 Plas glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre, Pwllheli; 5 Aug 7.30 Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross nr. Liskeard; 6 Aug 7.30 Manor Farm, Corsley; 7 Aug 3pm Brighton Open Air Theatre; 9 aug 7pm The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley; 10 Aug 7pm Abergavenny Castle grounds;  11 Aug 6.30 Harlech Castle; 12/13 Aug 8pm Festival Theatre, Hever Castle; 14 Aug 6.30 Coolings Garden Centre, Knockholt.

Diva Opera presents Cox and Box at Domaine de Vaux, Jersey on 13 July. Directed by Richard Suart, who also sings Cox.

Ohio Light Opera presents The Mikado during its 38th annual light opera festival in Wooster, Ohio, between 18 June and 13 August.

The Ploverleigh Savoy Players present The Sorcerer at the Palace Theatre, Southend on 30 July 2.30 and 7.30. 01702-351135; And at Harrogate on 8 August. (see below)

Buxton Opera House: The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company presents The Pirates of Penzance 27 Jul 2.30 & 7.30; The Mikado 30 Jul 2.30 & 7.30; The Yeomen of the Guard 26/29 Jul 7.30. Musical Director David Steadman. Derby G&S Company and Trent Opera present Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore 28 Jul 7.30. Tickets on sale in April:

The twenty-third international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will take place from 3-21 August in Harrogate. The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present new productions of The Sorcerer, (12 Aug 7.30, 13 Aug 2.30, 19 Aug 2.30 and 7.30); The Pirates of Penzance (6, 14, 20 Aug all 2.30 and 7.30); The Mikado (5, 21 Aug 7.30 );  and The Yeomen of the Guard.( 7 Aug 2.30 and 7.30, 13 Aug 7.30, 21 Aug 2.30). Charles Court Opera will present The Zoo, Cox and Box (1921) and Trial by Jury on 16 Aug at 7.30. The main house (Royal Hall) will also host amateur performances (one each) of Trial by Jury, The Sorcerer, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, Iolanthe, The Mikado, Ruddigore and Utopia Limited. The second house, the specially created Savoy Theatre, is housed in an exhibition hall adjacent to the Royal Hall, and will host amateur performances of The Pirates of Penzance, Patience (4), Iolanthe, Princess Ida, The Mikado, Ruddigore, The Yeomen of the Guard, The Gondoliers and The Grand Duke, as well a number of concerts. Tickets on general sale in April. More information:

The Britt Music and Arts Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon, five miles from the city of Medford, presents Shakespeare and Song, a mixed programme by the Britt Orchestra, including the Macbeth overture, on 8 August at 8pm.

The overture to Act IV of The Tempest will be heard at the BBC Proms on 18 August in a mixed programme entitled Shakespeare: Stage and Screen. BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart.

The Sullivan Society's twenty-second Sullivan Festival will be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, from 23 - 25 September. Prgramme will include a 150th anniversary performance of Cox and Box (original version) with Leon Berger, Bruce Graham and Russell Painter; a recital of music composed for, composed by, and sung by, Sullivan's Loves; an illustrated look at how Patience might have turned out had Gilbert stuck with the clerical theme; an anniversary tribute to Haddon Hall and a Savoy-based revue by Glitter and Twisted Theatre Company. Plus talks on oratorio in 1873; Mrs. Ronalds; the new Oxford edition of The Yeomen of the Guard; the Crystal Palace. Plus much more. Full details will be posted shortly.

An autumn tour by the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and The Yeomen of the Guard has been announced. More details as available.

We understand that Forbear! Theatre is to present a new production of Iolanthe in London in December, and that English Touring Opera will be presenting Patience in their 2017 spring tour. The Old Vic (London) have announced a production of H.M.S. Pinafore in 2017.

English National Opera presents The Mikado at the Opera House in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, for ten performances from 25 May 2017. Also a first revival of Mike Leigh's acclaimed production of The Pirates of Penzance from 9 Feb - 25 Mar 2017.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra presents The Yeomen of the Guard at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, on 4 March 2017 at 7pm. Conductor John Wilson, featuring Sir Thomas Allen (Meryll), Simon Butteriss (Point), Sarah Fox (Elsie), Heather Shipp (Phoebe) and Benjamin Hulett (Fairfax).

Updated 14 May 2016