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June 2016: The Dutton Epoch 2-CD set containing the complete incidental music to The Tempest and Macbeth, and the complete Marmion overture, with Simon Callow, Mary Bevan, Fflur Wyn, the BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by John Andrews, is now available from good record shops (there are still a few), online sources, and from the Society itself. Please note that, due to a technical hitch, it is not shown on our sales page, but an e-mail to will obtain your copy.

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 9 Oct; H.M.S. Pinafore 25 Sep; The Pirates of Penzance 20 Nov; Iolanthe  18 Dec; The Mikado  4 Dec; Ruddigore 6 Nov; The Yeomen of the Guard 4 Sep


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.

Opera Anywhere presents  The Pirates of Penzance at Steeple Aston village hall, Oxfordshire 7.30 16 Sep; The Mikado: Little Theatre, Lewes 30 Dec.

The Sullivan Society's twenty-second Sullivan Festival will be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, from 23 - 25 September. Prgramme will include a 150th anniversary performance of Cox and Box (original version) with Leon Berger, Bruce Graham and Russell Painter; a recital of music composed for, composed by, and sung by, Sullivan's Loves; an illustrated look at how Patience might have turned out had Gilbert stuck with the clerical theme; an anniversary tribute to Haddon Hall and a Savoy-based revue by Glitter and Twisted Theatre Company. Plus talks on oratorio in 1873; Mrs. Ronalds; the new Oxford edition of The Yeomen of the Guard; the Crystal Palace. Plus much more. 

Oper Leipzig presents Die Piraten: at the Musikalische Komödie, Dreilindenstrasse 30, 04177 Leipzig: 9 Oct 3pm; 11 Oct 7.30; 15 Oct 7pm; 16 Oct 3pm; 5 Nov 7pm; 6 Nov 3pm; 26 Nov 7pm; 27 Nov 3pm; 25 Dec (yes, Christmas Day) 6pm; 18 Feb 2017 7pm; 19 Feb 3pm. Tickets +49 (0)341-12 61 261

Much Loved Productions presents A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan: 14 Oct 8.15 Eshott Hall, as part of the Northumberland Music Festival; 25 Jan 1pm Dewsbury Town Hall; 19 Feb 7.30 Floral Pavilion New Brighton (with orchestra); 24 Feb 8.15 Ednam Hall, as part of the Northumberland Music Festical (with orchestra).

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present Cox and Box and Trial by Jury 29/30 Oct; a new production of The Mikado 28 Dec - 8 Jan 2017; Patience 29-30 April.

The Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Hopkins, presents The Pirates of Penzance in concert at the Congress Theatre, Cwmbran, on 6 Nov at 7pm. Cast includes Barry Clark, Bruce Graham, Fenton Gray, Martin Milnes, Tammy Davies.

L'Orchestre Symphonique Région Centre Val-de-Loire -  Tours presents the Macbeth overture in a mixed Shakespeare programme on 10 Dec 8pm and 11 Dec. Conductor Robert Houlihan. Pre-concert talks at 7pm and 4pm respectively. Grand Théâtre de Tours, 34 rue de la Scellerie 37000 Tours

Forbear! Theatre presents a new production of Iolanthe in London from 5-18 December.

English Touring Opera will be presenting Patience in their 2017 spring tour (March - June)

The Old Vic (London) have announced a production of H.M.S. Pinafore in 2017.

English National Opera presents The Mikado at the Opera House in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, for ten performances from 25 May 2017. Also a first revival of Mike Leigh's acclaimed production of The Pirates of Penzance from 9 Feb - 25 Mar 2017.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra presents The Yeomen of the Guard at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, on 4 March 2017 at 7pm. Conductor John Wilson, featuring Sir Thomas Allen (Meryll), Simon Butteriss (Point), Sarah Fox (Elsie), Heather Shipp (Phoebe) and Benjamin Hulett (Fairfax).

Simon Butteriss is to direct The Mikado in Russian in Ekaterinburg in April/May 2017.

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, The Pirates of Penzance, Princess Ida and The Mikado by the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, Ruddigore by Egos Teatre of Spain, and Trial by Jury and a new production of The Mikado by Charles Court Opera.

Updated 25 August 2016