New versions of classic G&S operettas

National Gilbert and Sullivan Society perform at Buxton Opera House.
National Gilbert and Sullivan Society perform at Buxton Opera House.

Three new productions will be aired by the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company when it returns to Buxton.

Accompanied by a 24-strong orchestra, the company will stage new versions of classic G&S operettas: The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and The Yeomen of the Guard.

The G&S Festival moved to Harrogate last year after over 20 years based in Buxton. With so many G&S fans still in Buxton, the week-long event gives those missing the festival a week-long mini version.

Artistic director Ian Smith said of their visit: “There is no doubt that summer sunshine, the beautiful Buxton Opera House and the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company is simply a match made in heaven. 

“Our visit last year was a resounding success and the entire company just cannot wait to return to our old stomping ground!  We have a wonderful cast of the very best Gilbert & Sullivan players to be found anywhere and we just know this is going to be a very special week indeed.”

The Yeomen of the Guard, directed by John Savournin, kicks off the 2016 season on Tuesday, July 26, and is repeated on Friday, July 29.

Matinee and evening performances of The Pirates of Penzance are on Wednesday, July 27; HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury will be performed by Derby G&;S Society and Trent Opera on Thursday, July 28 and a hilarious, traditional production of The Mikado rounds off a magical week on Saturday, July 30.

Tickets for the G&S week are priced from £18. Call 01298 72190 or book online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk