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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 10 Jul, 20 Nov; Iolanthe  18 Dec; The Mikado  4 Dec; Ruddigore 6 Nov; The Yeomen of the Guard 4 Sep. Suppers: Iolanthe 7 Aug; The Mikado 21 Aug. 


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.

Sasha Regan presents a tour of her all-male production of  H.M.S. Pinafore: Cambridge Arts Theatre 20 - 23 Apr; Hackney Empire 27 Apr - 1 May; York Grand Opera House 3 - 7 May; Winchester Theatre Royal 12 - 14 May; Beverley East Riding Theatre 23 - 25 May; Bridlington Spa 23 - 28 May; Bath Theatre Royal 31 May - 4 Jun ; Richmond (Surrey) Theatre 14 - 18 Jun; Brighton Theatre Royal 21 - 25 Jun; Truro Hall for Cornwall 30 Jun - 2 July; Malvern Theatres 5 - 9 Jul; Bromley Churchill Theatre 11 - 13 Jul; Salford Lowry 14 - 16 Jul; Shrewsbury Severn Theatre 18 - 20 Jul; Leicester Curve 21 - 23 Jul.

Opera Anywhere presents The Pirates of Penzance:  St. James' church, Chipping Campden 30 Jul; Corn Exchange, Dorchester 11 Aug; Pirates on Punts (Pirates performed partly on and beside the river Cherwell) Wolfson College, Oxford 2pm and 6pm 13 Aug. Also The Mikado: Banbury School 11 Jun; West Wittering church 2 Jul; Little theatre, Lewes 30 Dec.

Illyria presents a UK tour of Ruddigore: 9 Jul 7pm Berkhampstead Castle; 10 Jul 6pm Lytham Hall, Lytham St. Annes; 11 Jul 7.30 Logie Steading, Forres; 12 Jul 7.30 Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith; 14 Jul Drum Castle, Aberdeen; 15 Jul 7.30 Rothay Park, Ambleside; 16 Jul 7.30 West Wycombe Park, High Wycombe; 17 Jul 6.30 Tatton Park Old Hall, Knutsford; 19 Jul 7.30 Corfe Castle nr. Swanage; 20 Jul 7.30 Coleton Fishacre; 21 Jul 7.30 Chepstow Castle; 22 Jul 7.30 Penlee Park, Penzance; 23 Jul 7.30 Wintershill Hall, Durley, Hants; 24 Jul 3pm The Temple Enclosure, Wanstead Park, Epping Forest; 26 Jul 7.30 Tonbridge Castle; 27 jul 7pm Dolphin Square Gardens, London; 28 Jul 7.30 Cardigan Castle; 29 Jul 7pm The Vicarage Garden, Great Torrington; 30 Jul 3pm Dorney Court Kitchen Garden, nr. Maidenhead; 31 jul 7pm Newstead Abbey, Notts. 2 Aug 7.15 Plas glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre, Pwllheli; 5 Aug 7.30 Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross nr. Liskeard; 6 Aug 7.30 Manor Farm, Corsley; 7 Aug 3pm Brighton Open Air Theatre; 9 aug 7pm The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley; 10 Aug 7pm Abergavenny Castle grounds;  11 Aug 6.30 Harlech Castle; 12/13 Aug 8pm Festival Theatre, Hever Castle; 14 Aug 6.30 Coolings Garden Centre, Knockholt.


Classical Encounters presentsThe Mikado, Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate village, from 12 - 16 July at 7.30pm, plus Saturday matinee at 3.00pm. Tickets £18/£15, Box Office: 020 8340 3488 / Cast includes Bruce Graham in the title rôle, Graham Stone, Ian Belsey, Pauline Birchall. musical Director Peter Crockford.

Diva Opera presents Cox and Box at Domaine de Vaux, Jersey on 13 July. Directed by Richard Suart, who also sings Cox.

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

All Saints Chorus (60 voices) presents the Boer War Te Deum in a mixed programme alsoincluding works by Mendelssohn, Stainer, Stanford, Parry and Adams. West Ham parish church (All Saints'), Church Street, London E15 3HU on 16 July at 7.30. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions).

The Ploverleigh Savoy Players present The Sorcerer at the Palace Theatre, Southend on 30 July 2.30 and 7.30. 01702-351135; And at Harrogate on 8 August. (see below)

Buxton Opera House: The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company presents The Pirates of Penzance 27 Jul 2.30 & 7.30; The Mikado 30 Jul 2.30 & 7.30; The Yeomen of the Guard 26/29 Jul 7.30. Musical Director David Steadman. Derby G&S Company and Trent Opera present Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore 28 Jul 7.30. Tickets on sale in April:

The twenty-third international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will take place from 3-21 August 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 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, the specially created Savoy Theatre, is housed in an exhibition hall adjacent to the Royal Hall, and will host amateur performances of The Pirates of Penzance, Patience (4), Iolanthe, Princess Ida, The Mikado, Ruddigore, The Yeomen of the Guard, The Gondoliers and The Grand Duke, as well a number of concerts. Tickets on general sale in April. More information:

The Britt Music and Arts Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon, five miles from the city of Medford, presents Shakespeare and Song, a mixed programme by the Britt Orchestra, including the Macbeth overture, on 8 August at 8pm.

The overture to Act IV of The Tempest will be heard at the BBC Proms on 18 August in a mixed programme entitled Shakespeare: Stage and Screen. BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart.

St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Mikado at the Edinburgh Fringe from 15-20 August.

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. Full details will be posted shortly.

An autumn tour by the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and The Yeomen of the Guard has been announced. More details as available.

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

We understand that Forbear! Theatre is to present a new production of Iolanthe in London in December, and that English Touring Opera will be presenting Patience in their 2017 spring tour. 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 March/April 2017.

Updated 12 July 2016