THE 18th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival held in Buxton has been the most successful yet – with an eight per cent increase in ticket sales and virtually full houses night after night.
The three week festival ended with two productions of “Utopia Limited” and “The Pirates of Penzance” performed by the renowned Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company.
Ian Smith, Festival Chairman, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response. Despite the difficult economic times we are thrilled that the joy and magic of Gilbert & Sullivan has proved to be an ideal antidote to the general expressions of doom and gloom.
“Our festival has been developed to ensure that our visitors, who travel from all around the world, have fun and an outstanding ‘value-for-money’ night out.
“This year’s performances have shown yet again how entertaining and how relevant to today’s political climate Gilbert & Sullivan remains more than 100 years after their first productions.”
The International Champions Trophy was won by South Anglia Savoy Players with a memorable production of Patience; runners-up were Derby G&S Company with Princess Ida and third place went to Peak Opera with HMS Pinafore.
The G&S Opera Company pulled out all the stops with four sell-out productions of Ruddigore, Pirates, Yeomen and the long-awaited and never to be forgotten Utopia Ltd.
Ian added: “The atmosphere in the Opera House for the two Utopia performances was electric– one of those very special “Buxton G & S moments.”
Planning is now underway for the 19th Gilbert & Sullivan Festival at the Buxton Opera House from July 28 to August 18 2012. Further information is available at www.gsfestivals.org .