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Derby Gilbert & Sullivan Company - Buxton Opera House 21-23 August 2014

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

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Derby Gilbert & Sullivan Company

Directed by Andrew Nicklin


Thursday & Friday 21st & 22nd August at 7.30pm


Saturday 23rd August at 7.30pm


It’s business as usual for Derby Gilbert & Sullivan Company at Buxton Opera House later this year when the six times winners of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival mount two of the most popular operettas from the G&S canon in August.

After performing at the theatre for the Festival since 1996 they were financially unable to join the competition which has moved to Harrogate for this year’s event. “Unfortunately,taking part in the Festival is an expensive business” said Company Chairman Andy Loydall, “and as a result, we just could not afford to take part again this year.”

However, the Company received an invitation from the Buxton Opera House to take part in their own G&S performances being held at the theatre in August. “We found this very tempting and decided to take the risk and go for it” said Andy.

Both professional and non-professional companies will be taking part at the theatre and Derby G&S will be performing “The Pirates of Penzance” on Thursday and Friday 21st and 22nd August and The Yeomen of the Guard on Saturday 23rd August.

Derby Gilbert & Sullivan Company has achieved international acclaim and has toured very successful full productions of the G&S operettas to Philadelphia, Seattle, and Gettysburg in the USA, as well as Vancouver Island in Canada on two occasions.

The Company has also provided chorus members for the Raymond Gubbay Organisation for professional concerts in London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Full scale semi-costumed concerts in Derby’s Assembly Rooms have included Alistair McGowan in the title role of The Mikado and well known G&S professional patter man Simon Butteriss in productions of HMS Pinafore, Trial by Jury and The Pirates of Penzance.

On the Thursday and Friday at Buxton, an apprentice pirate who is a slave of duty, and the Cornwall Constabulary doing theirs, lead to lots of fun for the Very Model of a Modern Major-General, his daughters and the Pirate King.

The Saturday performance sees Sullivan’s wonderful music in The Yeomen of the Guard, telling the bittersweet story of a strolling jester, Jack Point, against the majesty of the Tower of London.

“I just hope that the people of Buxton and the surrounding areas turn out to support us and the other companies involved so as to continue the tradition of being able to see first class performances of G&S in the magnificent Buxton Opera House.”

Tickets priced £16 to £18 can be obtained from the Buxton Opera House Box Office on

01298 72190 or 0845 1272190 or at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

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