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DAVID EDEN 1942 - 2015

It is with great sadness that I announce the death on 18 September of David Eden. David was a founder-member of the Society and the only person to have held all three offices – Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. He edited our Magazine for 34 years. It is no exaggeration to say that, without his dedication, especially in the difficult early years, there simply would be no Sullivan Society.

The Society was well represented at David’s non-religious funeral, which took place at Cambridge City crematorium on Friday 2 October. Full obituary tributes, together with a report of the funeral, will appear in Magazine 89.

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 various events:

Opera dinners at 7.30 (3-course dinner, two-course supper between June and September):  The Pirates of Penzance 11 Oct, 6 Dec; Iolanthe 20 Dec; The Mikado  29 Sep, 29 Nov; Ruddigore 1 Nov (Hallowe'en specia, with Matthew Siveter as Robinl).

Tea with a G&S tune - Hilary Morgan at the piano: 8 Oct, 5 Dec.


The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company presents an autumn tour of H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado and The Gondoliers: Hall for Cornwall, Truro 31 Aug - 2 Sep; Kings Theatre, Southsea 4/5 Dep; Festival Theatre, Malvern 7-12 Sep; Civic Theatre, Darlington 15-19 Sep 01325-486555; Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon 28 Sep - 3 Oct; Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl 5-10 Oct; The Woodville, Gravesend 12-17 Oct; New Theatre, Cardiff 20-24 Oct; White Rock Theatre, Hastings 2-7 Nov; Grand Theatre, Blackpool 10 - 14 Nov.

Tano Rea presents The Great Big Gilbert and Sullivan Show at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln on 17 Oct.

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present Iolanthe: 7/8 Nov; The Pirates of Penzance 26 Dec - 2 Jan 2016; Princess Ida 21/22 May 2016.

Kidlington Amateur Operatic Society presents Utopia Ltd. from 21-24 Oct at Gosford Hill School, Kidlington. (near Oxford) Tickets (01865) 375613.

Mike Leigh's new production of The Pirates of Penzance for English National Opera will be seen all over Europe this autumn:

At the Grand Théâtre, 1, rond-point Schuman, L-2525 Luxembourg on 16 Oct 8pm and 18 Oct 5pm, conducted by Timothy Henty (in English with French and German surtitles). There is a pre-show introduction in French half an hour before each performance.;

As Les Pirates de Penzance 24 Oct 8pm and 25 Oct 5pm at the Théâtre de Caen, 153, boulevard Maréchal Leclerc, Caen, conducted by Timothy Henty (in English with French surtitles);

And as Die Piraten von Penzance at the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken : 22 Nov 6pm; 2/11/18/31 Dec 7.30; 13 Dec 2.30; 2/20/29 Jan 2016 7.30; 24 Jan 6pm, conducted by Stefan Neubert (in English and German with German surtitles).

The Heart of Kent Hospice presents a semi-staged performance of H.M.S. Pinafore at the Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre, on 31 October at 7.30. Cast includes Bruce Graham, Sylvia Clarke, Gerald Delrez, Fleur de Bray, Ian Parrett, Leon Berger, Jenny Monk, Simon Patient and Colin Morris, who also directs. The Hospice Festival Choir (160 voices) and orchestra, conducted by Martin Hindmarsh. tickets £10-£16: 01622-790195

St. Andrews University University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents Ruddigore in the week ending 31 Oct.

 English National Opera prresent The Mikado at the London Coliseum: 21/28 Nov, 3/5 Dec, 30 Jan, 3/6 Feb 7.30; 28 Nov, 5 Dec, 30 Jan, 6 Feb 2.30; 29 Nov, 6 Dec 3pm. Cinema relay on 3 December. Cast includes Richard Suart and Robert Lloyd; ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow Fergus Macleod makes his company debut as Musical Director.

The Easingwold Singers present a mixed programme including the Boer War Te Deum at Easingwold parish church on 5 December at 7.30. for more information contact the Chairman of the Singers, Beryl Bowes at or ring 01347-822258.

St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Golden Legend in February 2016. A special performance to mark the 130th anniversary of the work, using a new, specially-prepared arrangement for brass, percussion and organ by James Grean and Lauren Macleod. Featuring local choirs and St. Andrews Brass.

Glitter and Twisted Theatre Company presents The Pirates of Penzance at the Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud ( 0333-666-3366) from 19-20 Feb at 7.30, 21 Feb at 5pm; and Swindon Arts Centre ( 01793-524481) 26/7/9 Feb at 7.30, 28 Feb at 5pm.

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.

St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Yeomen of the Guard with full orchestra in the Younger Hall, St. Andrews on 14/15 Apr.

St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents the Macbeth overture and the incidental music to The Tempest in the context of an abridged production of Shakespeare's play. Also W.S. Gilbert's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. April 2016. A celebration of Shakespeare's influence on Gilbert and Sullivan for Mermaids Shakespeare Week.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra presents the suite from The Merchant of Venice and three dances from The Tempest in a Shakespeare concert on 1 June 2016.

Scottish Opera and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company announce a co-production of The Mikado, visiting Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Belfast in May and June 2016. Musical Directors Derek Clark and David Steadman; Director Martin Lloyd-Evans. Cast includes Richard Suart and Ben McAteer.

The twenty-third international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will take place from 3-21 August 2016 in Harrogate. More details as they become available.

Updated 4 October 2015