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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 7 Feb, 17 Apr, 10 Jul, 20 Nov; Iolanthe 3 Apr, 18 Dec; The Mikado 6 Mar, 4 Dec; Ruddigore 6 Nov; The Yeomen of the Guard 4 Sep; The Gondoliers 20 Mar. 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.

Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents Princess Ida at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter from 10 - 13 Feb. Tickets:

St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Golden Legend in Holy Trinity church, St. Andrews, on 13 February 2016, with Caroline Taylor (Elsie), Emma Rettie (Ursula), Laurie Slavin (Prince Henry) and Ben McAteer (Lucifer). Conductor Gillian Craig, organist Sean Heath.  A special performance to mark the 130th anniversary of the work, using a new, specially-prepared arrangement for brass, percussion and organ by James Green and Lauren Macleod. Featuring local choirs and St. Andrews Brass.

there will be a pre-show discussion featuring the Very Revd. Dr. Ian Bradley. Dr. Bradley will officiate at a special service in Holy Trinity church at 11.15 on 14 Feb featuring four Sullivan hymns.

Glitter and Twisted Theatre Company presents The Pirates of Penzance at the Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud ( 0333-666-3366) from 19-20 Feb at 7.30, 21 Feb at 5pm; and Swindon Arts Centre ( 01793-524481) 26/7/9 Feb at 7.30, 28 Feb at 5pm.

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.

The University of Portsmouth Dramatic and Musical Society presents Ruddygore at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, from 3-5 March. Times and prices from the box office 023-9264-9000. Musical Director Colin Jagger. This production will be using David Russell Hulme's 2000 Oxford University Press edition of the score and will restore many of the traditional cuts.

The Atlanta Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance on 5 Mar 8pm, 8 Mar 7.30, 11 Mar 8pm, 13 Mar 3pm at the Cobb energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339.

Ormond Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance at All Hallows church, Twickenham TW1 1EW on 5 Mar 7.30 and 6 Mar 2.30. tickets £20.

St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Yeomen of the Guard with full orchestra in the Younger Hall, St. Andrews on 14/15 Apr.

Horsforth Choral Society presents The Light of the World on 15 March at St. Mary's church, Horsforth, Leeds. Organ accompaniment. Tickets on the door in the region of £9. More details to follow.

The Elgar Society presents Sir Arthur Sullivan - Victorian Musician, a talk by Donald Hunt, at the Elgar Birthplace Museum, Worcester on 12 April at 10.30.  The blurb says "There is so much more to admire in the compositions of this remarkable musician than the operettas he produced with W.S. Gilbert." (though details have not yet been posted at the time of writing)

St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents the Macbeth overture and the incidental music to The Tempest in the context of an abridged production of Shakespeare's play. Also W.S. Gilbert's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. 21 April 7pm. A celebration of Shakespeare's influence on Gilbert and Sullivan for Mermaids Shakespeare Week. A second performance of the same programme in the Barron Theatre, St. Andrews at 2pm on 30 April will mark Global Gilbert and Sullivan Day.

Sasha Regan presents a tour of her all-male production of  H.M.S. Pinafore: Hackney Empire 27 Apr - 1 May; York Grand Opera House 3 - 7 May; Winchester Theatre Royal 12 - 14 May; Spa Bridlington 23 - 28 May; Bath Theatre Royal tba; Richmond (Surrey) Theatre 14 - 18 Jun; Theatre Royal Brighton tba; Beverley East riding Theatre tba.

Opera Anywhere presents The Pirates of Penzance: Little Theatre, Bournemouth 23 Apr; Little Theatre, Sheringham 7 May; 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.

Following on the success of its previous tours of H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and The Mikado with small-cast productions to largely open-air venues, Illyria presents a UK tour of Ruddigore. Based on the patterns of previous years, the tour will involve 40-50 dates in June-August from the Scottish highlands to Cornwall. More details as available.

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

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:

We understant that there will be an autumn tour by the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and The Yeomen of the Guard. More details as available.

We understand that Forbear! Theatre is to present a new production of Iolanthe in London in December.

Updated 8 February 2016