Gilbert and Sullivan back at Buxton

P1420379It wouldn’t be summer in Buxton if there was no Gilbert and Sullivan production.

And so after last year’s disappointment when the National Festival moved out after nine years in the town, The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company are returning with three shows over four days in August.

The company and the National Festival Orchestra are slipping away from the National G&S Festival in its new home in Harrogate for a few days to thrill their Opera House fans with some toe-tapping tunes.

The family shows are all fun, friendly and all have that feel-good factor which leaves the audience with a smile on their faces.

For the mini Buxton festival the company will be performing The Mikado, The Gondoliers and HMS Pinafore.

To help you choose here are a few details about each.

The Mikado’s son has fled to escape an arranged marriage and disguised as a wandering minstrel he falls in love with the ward of a tailor who was herself betrothed to her guardian.

The Gondoliers is a visually stunning show with lively dances. After Marco and Giuseppe marry their sweethearts they learn that one of the them is the King of Barataria. Neither of the two know which of them is the real king and to make matters worse they discover the king was married, as a baby, to someone else.

In HMS Pinafore Ralph Rickshaw is a poor sailor who loves the captain’s daughter. Not only is she too high on the social ladder for him to even consider asking for her hand, but a rival already has her father’s blessing.

The Mikado is being performed on August 4 at 7.30pm and again on August 7 presented by the Cape Town G&S Society at 7.30pm; The Gondoliers at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on August 5 and HMS Pinafore can be seen at 7.30pm on August 6 and 2.30pm and 7.30pm on August 8.

For ticket details go to http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk