Scottish Opera presents Gilbert & Sullivan: The Gondoliers

Scottish Opera presents Gilbert & Sullivan: The Gondoliers

Saturday, 23 October 2021, 2.30pm

Sunny, funny and with more ‘tra la la las’ per square inch than any other opera in the canon, The Gondoliers is a joy from start to finish.

In a flight of the satirical whimsy so typical of G&S, two happy-go-lucky gondoliers discover that one of them is, in fact, heir to the throne of a distant kingdom. True to their (adopted) Republican roots, they set off together to rule in idealistic, if somewhat chaotic, style... Director Stuart Maunder, Artistic Director at State Opera South Australia, teams up with designer Dick Bird (The Mikado 2016) to stage a production that is fast, furious and full of fun.

The Gondoliers is a glorious confection – the sunniest, most joyous of the Savoy scores, jam-packed with star roles, all unforgettable. It’s an irresistible helping of relentless joy.’
Stuart Maunder

The score sees Sullivan at the top of his game and is packed with favourites including the 'Regular Royal Queen' quartet. The fabulous cast includes ENO Harewood Artist William Morgan (The Magic Flute 2019), Ellie Laugharne (The Pirates of Penzance 2013), Ben McAteer (The Mikado 2016), Sioned Gwen Davies (Rigoletto 2018), and G&S favourite Richard Suart (The Mikado 2016). Scottish Opera's Head of Music and G&S aficionado Derek Clark conducts.

Postponed for over a year due to covid restrictions, Scottish Opera is thrilled to finally present this rambunctious new production of The Gondoliers as a joyous return to theatres this Autumn!

For those not quite ready to come back to theatres, Scottish Opera will also be filming The Gondoliers for later video release. More details will be announced in the coming months.

Running time approx. 2 hrs 40 mins

Sung in English with English supertitles

Supported by Scottish Opera’s ‘Play A Supporting Role’ Appeal and the Garfield Weston Foundation (Weston Culture Fund)

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