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March 2017:

The Society's new 2-CD set of Sullivan's songs is now available to buy, and also to download from the Chandos website:

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010935

Mary Bevan, Ben Johnson, Ashley Riches, David Owen Norris: 46 songs, including the Shakespeare songs and The Window complete.



Alfred Cellier's The Mountebanks (1892), featuring the BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by John Andrews, was recorded at the Watford Colosseum 18-22 January. Issue projected for the end of the year.


The Society's new complete recording of The Light of The World will be made at the Watford Colosseum on 21 - 25 April. Soloists, the BBC Symphony Chorus, children's choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by John Andrews.



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 in 2017: Trial by Jury 7 May, 3 Sep; The Pirates of Penzance: 16 Apr, 11 Jun, 13 Aug, 29 Oct; Patience 30 Jul; Iolanthe 26 Mar, 17 Dec; The Mikado 25 Jun, 24 Sep, 3 Dec; Ruddigore 21 May, 12 Nov; The Yeomen of the Guard 9 Jul; The Gondoliers 8 Oct.  020-8385-3100; reservations@grimsdyke.com www.grimsdyke.com


The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present Patience 29-30 April. www.nygasp.org


English National Opera presents a first revival of Mike Leigh's acclaimed production of The Pirates of Penzance from 9 Feb - 25 Mar (16 performances). www.eno.org


Heritage Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance: Oswestry 30 Apr. Nicholas Sales as Frederic, Sarah Helsby Hughes as Mabel. www.heritageopera.co.uk


The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of New York presents an abridged concert version of The Emerald Isle at Community Church, 40 East 35th St., between Park and Madison on 17 March at 7.30. No reservations or tickets necessary, admission free.


Volksopera presents Cox and Box and The Zoo at the Stadsschouwburg Leuwen 21 Mar and the Arenbergschouwburg Antwerpen 4 Apr. www.volksopera.be (in Dutch). The website describes Sullivan's music as "inimitable".


Los Ladrones present Cox and Box and excerpts from Haddon Hall at Stansted House, West Sussex, on 23 March at 7.30. Tickets £10: 023-9241-2265. Also at St. Michael's church, Chalton on 8 June.


English Touring Opera presents Patience: Hackney Empire 8/10 March; Lighthouse, Poole 17 March; Lyceum, Sheffield 20 March; Churchill Theatre, Bromley 24 March; Snape Maltings Concert Hall 31 March; Theatre Royal, York 7 April; Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton 10 April; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 20/21 April; Arts Theatre, Cambridge 26/27 April; Opera House, Buxton 6 May; Arts Centre, Warwick 8 May; Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 12 May; Gala Theatre, Durham 15 May; Northcott Theatre, Exeter 24/25 May; Hall for Cornwall, Truro 30 May; Theatre Royal, Norwich 3 June. Conductor Timothy Burke; designer Florence de Maré. In repertory with Toscawww.englishtouringopera.org.uk


Opera Anywhere presents The Mikado: Little Theatre, Sheringham 10/11 March; Little Theatre, Lewes 1 Apr; the Amphitheatre, Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley 9 July; Warbleton church 4 Aug; Lamberhurst Festival, Bayham Abbey, Kent 5 Aug; Village Hall, Steeple Aston 16 Sep; Corn Exchange, Dorchester 30 Sep / 1 Oct. H.M.S. Pinafore (new production) Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 3 June; The Theatre, Chipping Norton 17 June; church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Botley (Oxford) 24 June; the Amphitheatre, Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley 8 July; Hever Castle, Kent 12 Aug;  Wolfson College, Oxford (on punts!) 19 Aug; parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul, West Wittering 21 Oct; Players Theatre, Thame 4 Nov. The Pirates of Penzance: The Theatre, Chipping Norton 16 June; the Amphitheatre, Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley 7 July; Hastings Pier 10/11 Aug; Hever Castle, Kent 13 Aug; Wolfson College, Oxford (on punts!) 18 Aug; Players Theatre, Thame 3/5 Nov; Little Theatre, Lewes 30 Dec. www.operaanywhere.com


Sasha Regan presents her all-male production of The Mikado at the Theatre Royal, Bath 18 - 22 April; Theatre Royal, Winchester 24-29 April;  King's Theatre, Edinburgh 9-13 May; Richmond Theatre (Surrey) w/c 22 May; East Riding Theatre, Beverley from 29 May; Spa, Bridlington from 1 June; Northcott Theatre, Exeter 6 - 10 June; Theatre Royal, Brighton w/c 12 June; Festival Theatre, Malvern w/c 3 July; Hall for Cornwall w/c 10 July; Dorking Halls 17 - 19 July; Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury from 20 Jul; Lowry, Salford w/c 24 Jul;  and H.M.S. Pinafore in Hull 26 May.


The Kenwin Barton Gilbert and Sullivan Society present Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore in various Cornish venues: 3 May - All Saints, Truro; 10 May - St Peter's church Mevagissey; 17 May - Lanivet church; 7 June - Mylor Tremayne Hall; 14 June - St Austell, St John's church; 21 June - Tregony Village Hall; 28 June - Falmouth Methodist church; 5 July - Par, St Mary's church; 12 July - Lanner Village Hall; 19 July - Perranporth Methodist church.


The Stratford Festival (Ontario) presents H.M.S. Pinafore at the Avon Theatre. 81 performnces from 4 May - 21 October. www.stratfordfestival.ca


Odyssey Opera presents Patience on 2 and 3 June at Boston University Theatre. This production is part of a series of "Wilde Opera Nights" - operas inspired by the writings and world of Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest by Castelnuovo-Tedesco 17/18 Mar; The Dwarf by Zemlinsky 14 Apr.  www.odysseyopera.org


English National Opera presents Trial by Jury at Studio 3, Lilian Baylis House, London NW6 3AX on 3 June 7pm, 5 June 7pm and 8.30, 6 June 7pm. Conducted by Martin Fitzpatrick, directed by Matthew Monaghan. Richard Suart as the Judge, Mark Richardson as the Usher. Part of the ENO Studio Live initiative. www.eno.org


Illyria presents a UK tour of The Mikado: 21 Jul - 28 Aug. Further details in due course.


The 24th international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will take place in Harrogate from 4 - 20 August 2017 and will feature productions of H.M.S. Pinafore (5 Aug 2.30 and 7.30, 20 Aug 7.30); The Pirates of Penzance (13 Aug 2.30 and 7.30, 19 Aug 7.30);  Princess Ida (12 Aug 2.30 and 7.30, 20 Aug 2.30); and The Mikado (6 Aug 2.30 and 7.30, 19 Aug 2.30) by the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. Also Ruddigore (in Catalan) by Egos Teatre of Spain as a double bill with Charles Court Opera's Trial by Jury (18 Aug 7.30) and a new production of The Mikado by Charles Court Opera (16 Aug 7.30). www.gsfestivals.org


The NGSOC 2017 tour runs either side of this year's Festival: Theatre Royal, Windsor 19 - 21 July; Buxton Opera House 25 - 29 July; Malvern Theatre 29 Aug - 2 Sep; Theatre Royal, Bath  5 - 9 Sep; Theatre Royal, Norwich 14 - 16 Sep; Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle 28-30 Sep. H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado.


Opera North presents Trial by Jury as part of Little Greats, a programme of one-act operas: Grand Theatre, Leeds 27 Sep, 7 Oct (with Cavalleria Rusticana);  29 Sep (with L'Enfant et les Sortileges); 13 Oct, 21 Oct (mat) (with Trouble in Tahiti). New Theatre, Hull 27 Oct; Theatre Royal, Nottingham 3 Nov; Theatre Royal, Newcastle 10 Nov; The Lowry, Salford Quays 17 Nov (all with Trouble in Tahiti). Cast includes Jeremy Peaker, Amy Freston; conductor Oliver Rundell, director John Savournin. www.operanorth.co.uk


An advance announcement has been made of a NGSOC production of Haddon Hall, to be performed at Buxton and Harrogate as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the international G&S Festival in 2018.










Updated 13 March 2017