THE STAGE is set for a sizzling summer of glorious Gilbert & Sullivan as Buxton Opera House gets ready to open its doors for the 18th International Festival.
The event, which runs from Saturday July 30 until Saturday August 20, will be packed with 36 full-scale performances in the Opera House and 14 more in the Pavilion Arts Centre.
The Festival’s own Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company bring four outstanding productions – The Pirates of Penzance, The Yeomen of the Guard, Ruddigore and Utopia Limited.
Other professional companies include the young Charles Court Opera with a triple bill of The Zoo, Trial by Jury and Cox and Box and the hugely entertaining Opera della Luna with their very funny version of The Sorcerer.
G&S Opera Victoria travel all the way from Australia to present The Yeomen of the Guard and The Arcadians.
Also competing for the coveted International Champion’s trophy will be Derby G&S Opera Company with Princess Ida, Edinburgh G&S with The Mikado, Cambridge University with Iolanthe and Oxbridge Opera Company with The Gondoliers.
Festival perennials SavoyNet Performing Group perform The Mikado and the ever-popular Festival Production 2011 will be Iolanthe.
The second International Youth Festival in the Pavilion Arts Centre will feature first-time festival goers Halifax Young Singers performing The Pirates of Penzance, Trent Youth Opera returning with a new production of The Mikado and the ever-popular Festival Youth Production of HMS Pinafore.
W S Gilbert died on May 29, 1911 and this year a special tribute programme will mark the centenary of his death. There is a series of fascinating talks along with seldom seen concerts and plays.
To book tickets, call 0845 712 72190 or visit www.gsfestivals.org.