The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players
The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present Iolanthe 26/27 Oct 2019; The Mikado 27 Dec 2019 – 5 Jan 2020; The Gondoliers 18/19 April 2020 in New York. www.nygasp.org.
Grim’s Dyke Opera
Grim’s Dyke Opera presents G&S opera dinners in 2020 at Grim’s Dyke, Harrow Weald, former home of W. S. Gilbert. During the evening a three-course dinner is served alongside a complete performance of the opera concerned. Professional cast; élite amateur chorus. Bookings and further details at www.grimsdyke.com. Trial by Jury 14 Jun; H.M.S. Pinafore 19 Apr; The Pirates of Penzance 9 Feb,
Workbox Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance at St. Michael’s church, Chester Square, London SW1 on 29 February 2020 at 7.15pm. Optional music rehearsal at 4.30pm for those who wish to sing. Adults £20, concession £17, under-16s £10. Tickets 07470 765588, via email at frederics41st@gmailcom or online.
This will be a staged performance with an excellent cast including Richard Suart (Major-General), Bruce Graham (Sergeant). David Menezes (Frederic),
Staatstheater Nürnberg presents Die Piraten von Penzance. Opernhaus, Nürnberg, 7/10/23/26 March 7.30; 16 April 7.30; 26 April 7pm; 17 May 7pm; 20 May 7.30; 7 June 7pm; 13 June 7.30; 21 June 7pm; 24/27 June 7.30; 8 July 7.30; 12 July 3.30. Musical Director Guido Johannes Rumstadt; director Christian Brey. Sung in German. https://www.staatstheater-nuernberg.de/spielplan-19-20/die-piraten-von-penzance/07-03-2020/1930
Charles Court Opera
Charles Court Opera presents Iolanthe : King’s Head Theatre, Islington, London 12 March – 11 April 2020. Tuesdays – Saturdays 7pm; Sundays (also Saturday 4 / 11 April) 3pm. Directed by John Savournin. www.kingsheadtheatre.com
Sasha Regan’s all-male H.M.S.Pinafore is being revived 15 April until 9 May at Wilton’s Music Hall, London. The production will then tour to the Theatre Royal, Bath 12-16 May; Theatre Royal, Winchester 1-6 June; Arts Theatre, Cambridge 8-13 June; and Northcott Theatre, Exeter 22-24 June.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra presents English Serenade with Classic FM on 1 May at 7.30 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. A mixed programme includes the Overture Di Ballo; also English Dances (Arnold), Smyth’s overture The Wreckers and Coleridge-Taylor’s Othello suite, plus many other popular pieces on the lighter side. Conductor Michael seal. Tickets £13-£55. www.cbso.co.uk.
Opera Anywhere presents H.M.S. Pinafore: Highfield Park Woods, St. Albans 26 July, St. Mary’s church, Slindon 18 Sep; The Pirates of Penzance: Barn Theatre, Tenterden 26/27 Aug; Opus Theatre, Hastings 28 Aug; Patience: Opus Theatre, Hastings 29 Aug; The Mikado: St. Mary’s church, Long Wittenham 2 May, Open Air Theatre, Brighton 3 May,
Eastbourne Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Eastbourne Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Pirates of Penzance at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from 6-9 May at 7.45 with matinées 2.30 Wed and Sat. Tickets £14 – £18 01323-412000; devonshire-park-theatre
Trinity Orchestra presents Sullivan’s Irish Symphony at Trinity Church, Harrow HA1 1RX at 7.30 on 9 May 2020. Programme also includes Elgar’s Cello concerto and Sterndale Bennett’s overture The Naiads. Ben Tarlton, cello, conductor John Andrews. John Andrews is the Orchestra’s Music Director; Ronald Corp is among his predecessors. trinityorchestra.org.uk
Scottish Opera presents The Gondoliers:
Theatre Royal Glasgow 14/15/16/22/23 May 2020 7.15; 17 May 2.30;
His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen 28/29/30 May 7.15;
Eden Court, Inverness 3/4/5/6 June 7.15;
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 10/11/13 June 7.15; 13 June 2.30;
Hackney Empire, London 15/16/18 July 7.30; 16/18 July 2.30.
Pre-show talks before each Saturday performance (except 16 May) at 6pm.
Conductors Derek Clark and James Hendry; director Stuart Maunder. Cast includes Richard Suart (Duke),
Scottish Opera presents Utopia Limited:
Theatre Royal Glasgow 21 May 2020 7.15;
Festival theatre Edinburgh 12 June 7.15;
Hackney Empire, London 17 July 7.30.
Semi-staged; with an updated libretto by Stuart Maunder, who directs. Conductor Derek Clark. Performed by the cast of The Gondoliers.
Much Loved Productions
Much Loved Productions present A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan at the Norton Bavant Festival, near Warminster 7 June 7.30. http://www.mlpltd.com/
Ohio Light Opera
Ohio Light Opera presents:
Patience: July 9 (m), 11 (e); 14 (m); 23 (e); 29 (e); August 6 (e).
The Gondoliers: July 1 (m); 8 (m); 10 (m); 16 (m); 24 (e); 31 (m); August 8 (m).
Freedlander Theatre, 329, East University Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691. Matinées 2pm; evenings 7.30.
Illyria presents H.M.S. Pinafore :
4 July 7pm Coleton Fishacre TQ6 0ED; 5 July 7pm Pentillie Castle and Estate, Saltash PL12 6QD; 8 July Chepstow Castle NP16 5EY; 9 July Hatfield Forest, Bishops Stortford CM22 6NE; 10 July 7pm Church Field, Bowerchalke nr. Salisbury SP5 5AY; 11 July 7pm Corfe Castle nr. Wareham BH20 5EZ; 12 July 5pm Berkhamstead Castle HP4 1HH; 13 July Canary Wharf, Westferry Circus London E14 8RT;
The Thaxted Festival presents Charles Court Opera in The Mikado: 10 July 7.30. www.thaxtedfestival.co.uk.
Gilbert & Sullivan Festival 2020
The 27th international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will take place in Buxton from 1-8 August, and in Harrogate from 9-23 August. The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present new productions of The Sorcerer, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience and The Emerald Isle. The production of The Emerald Isle will follow the model of 2018’s Haddon Hall, with professional soloists and orchestra plus an elite amateur chorus.
Twenty-seventh international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival
Buxton Opera House, 1-8 August 2020
Harrogate Royal Hall, 9-23 August 2020
The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company presents:
The Sorcerer: 5 Aug (m); 16 Aug (e); 19 Aug (e); 23 Aug (m).
H.M.S. Pinafore: 1 Aug (m + e); 6 Aug (e);
Opera Holland Park
Described as ‘the master of G&S in small spaces’, Charles Court Opera joins forces with Opera Holland Park, the Opera Holland Park Chorus and City of London Sinfonia in a production of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s comedy, The Pirates of Penzance, directed by John Savournin. Savournin’s recent directing credits include Trial by Jury for Opera North. Running 4-8 August, The Pirates of Penzance will be the first production of a G&S operetta at Holland Park for twenty years.
Opera della Luna
Opera della Luna presents The Burglar’s Opera at Wilton’s Music Hall, London 2-5 Sep 7.30, 5 Sep 2.30. The Burglar’s Opera is a hysterically funny ‘new’ comic opera by Jeff Clarke and Stephen Wyatt based on a short story by W.S. Gilbert and set to a sparkling score of music ‘stolen’ largely from Sullivan’s orchestral works. Originally premièred in 2008, this new staging is revised specially for Wilton’s and will include the accompaniment of Opera della Luna’s twelve-strong instrumental ensemble.