It was in July 1994 that the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival was established in the Buxton Opera House.
On July 30, 25 years later they will celebrate its Silver Jubilee with a special gala evening in the Pavilion Arts Centre. Following dinner, Festival Director and Founder, Ian Smith has put together a nostalgic programme of memories covering an eventful journey which created the most important Gilbert and Sullivan event anywhere in the world.
In the week that follows there will be several performances of eight different shows, The Pirates of Penzance, Ruddigore, Princess Ida, Utopia Ltd, The Mikado, a Trial by Jury and The Sorcerer double bill, and Haddon Hall.
The latter on August 2 will be an undoubted highlight of this year’s festival.
It is the dramatisation of a love tangle involving the ancestors of the Manners family at Haddon Hall back in 1660 and will be the first professional production since its debut in 1892.
For tickets an more information ego to http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk