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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 notices, together with a report of the funeral, appeared in Magazine 89 in late November, and tributes to David are still being received.

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  The Pirates of Penzance 6 Dec; Iolanthe 20 Dec; The Mikado  29 Nov.

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


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

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).

 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.

New London Opera Group presents The Contrabandista and The Zoo at Holy Trinity church, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington SW7 2BA on 27/28 Nov at 7.30. Both operas semi-staged by Chris Cann; Contrabandista conducted by Alex Carpenter; The Zoo by David Anstice-Pim.

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.

The BBC presents I am the Very Model, co-written and co-directed by Simon Butteriss, with Alex Jennings as Sullivan and Rupert Vansittart as Gilbert, and Simon himself as George Grossmith.

December 21,22,23,24,25, 10.45 and 19.45 daily, on Radio 4; also repeated on Radio 4 Extra
December 21 Episode 1 A Man of Jollity
December 22 Episode 2 Ruler of the Queen’s Navee
December 23 Episode 3 A Disagreeable Man
December 24 Episode 4 A Savoy Cocktail
December 25 Episode 5 Piano and I

The Zürcher Kammerorkester, conducted by Andres Joho, presents Trial by Jury and Offenbach's Les Bavardes at the ZKO-Haus, Seefeldstrasse 305, Zürich: 27 Dec 4pm; 31 Dec 4pm and 8pm; 3 Jan 2016 4pm; 9 Jan 7.30; 10 Jan 4pm; 13/16 Jan 7.30; 17 Jan 4pm.

St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Golden Legend in Holy Trinity church, St. Andrews, on 13 February 2016, with Caroline Taylor (Elsie), Emma Rettie (Ursula), Laurie Slavin (Prince Henry) and Ben McAteer (Lucifer). Conductor Gillian Craig.  A special performance to mark the 130th anniversary of the work, using a new, specially-prepared arrangement for brass, percussion and organ by James Green and Lauren Macleod. Featuring local choirs and St. Andrews Brass. Extra singers welcome:

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: Glasgow Theatre Royal 5-14 May; Inverness  Eden Court Theatre 19-21 May;
Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre 26-28 May; Edinburgh Festival Theatre 1-5 June; Belfast Grand Opera House  9-11June; NewcastleTheatre Royal 15-18 June; Bristol Hippodrome 22-25 June;
Southmapton Mayflower Theatre 29 June- 2 July. Musical Directors Derek Clark and David Steadman; Director Martin Lloyd-Evans. Cast includes Rebecca Bottone, Ben McAteer, Andrew Shore and Richard Suart.

Ohio Light Opera presents The Mikado during its 38th annual light opera festival in Wooster, Ohio, between 18 June and 13 August.

The twenty-third international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will take place from 3-21 August 2016 in Harrogate. The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present new productions of The Sorcerer, (12 Aug 7.30, 13 Aug 2.30, 19 Aug 2.30 and 7.30); The Pirates of Penzance (6, 14, 20 Aug all 2.30 and 7.30); The Mikado (5, 21 Aug 7.30 );  and The Yeomen of the Guard.( 7 Aug 2.30 and 7.30, 13 Aug 7.30, 21 Aug 2.30). Charles Court Opera will present a triple bill of The Zoo, Cox and Box (1921) and Trial by Jury on 16 Aug at 7.30. The main house (Royal Hall) will also host amateur performances (one each) of Trial by Jury, The Sorcerer, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, Iolanthe, The Mikado, Ruddigore and Utopia Limited. The second house (Harrogte Theatre) programme is not yet announced, but we understand a performance of  The Grand Duke will be included. More information:

Updated 26 November 2015