The Coily Dart Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical: Less Miserable. Venue 9: theSpace @ Niddry St – Lower Theatre 2/3/5/6/7/8/9/10 August 11.20am (duration 55 mins). In an afterlife, Gilbert brags to Sullivan that, as fathers of the modern musical, all new musicals are basically just variations on their own plots. Sullivan challenges him to tell the story of Les Mis using only their own songs. Gilbert agrees, but only if he can make some changes to ensure an implausibly happy ending. Expect all the Gilbertian elements: an abandoned baby, ridiculous disguises and love at first sight, alongside music from every opera and the usual silly dances.
The Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents Here’s a how-de-do. Venue 111: St. Andrew’s and St. George’s West, George St. 4/5 August 7.30 (duration 2 hours 30 mins). Come and revel in some of the most singable words and music ever written for the stage, with numbers familiar and unfamiliar from each of their collaborations, performed by soloists from the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society, led by their legendary directors, Alan Borthwick and David Lyle.
Cat-Like Tread presents Iolanthe. Venue 45: theSpace@ Venue 45 19/20/21/22/23/24 August 8.25 (duration 1 hour 45 mins)