Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney Parodies Victorian Melodrama

Kate Wilmot, soprano
Kate Wilmot, soprano

Professional bridesmaids, a character who converses in biblical verse and a village called Rederring! Gilbert & Sullivan’s 10th collaboration, The Ghosts of Ruddigore, sees the continuation of the pair’s comic brilliance.

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney are bringing to life this hilarious parody of Victorian melodrama in a production with a 25 piece orchestra that has some larger-than-life characters, including a villain who carries off a maiden; the primly perfect heroine; a hero in disguise; a snake in the grass and a ‘fraid’ of ghosts!!

Good becomes bad – and bad becomes good in the village of Rederring.

After premiering on January 21, 1887 at the Savoy Theatre in London, The Ghosts of Ruddigore ran for 288 performances. The story follows Robin Oakapple, a shy, upstanding gentleman farmer who is desperate to ask the lovely Rose Maybud to marry him. But he hasn’t the courage!

The truth is, he hides a dark secret: he is the heir to a curse on all Baronets of Ruddigore and has been living in disguise to escape an evil fate.
But the truth is discovered. And Robin is forced to obey the family curse that dictates he must commit a felony every day – or face a lingering death! How will he ever win Rose and return to a tranquil, virtuous life on the farm?!

Cast: Musical Director: Rod Mounjed/ Director: Dean Sinclair/ Rose Maybud: Kate Wilmot/ Mad Margaret: Elizabeth Lowrencev/ Dame Hannah: Megan Chalmers/ Zorah: Bernice Zandona / Ruth: Bridget Wood/ Robin Oakapple: Chris Lewis/ Richard Dauntless: Daniel Verschuer/ Sir Despard Murgatroyd: Andrew Pennycuick/ Sir Roderic Murgatroyd: Tobias Page/ Old Adam Goodheart: Dean Sinclair

Tickets: Adult $40 (earlybird $35)/ Concession $39 (earlybird $35)/ Child $22/ Family Ticket $110 2Adults 2Children (earlybird $95)/
Group of 10 + $40 pp (earlybird $35)/ Group of 20 + $35 pp (earlybird $30)

Bookings: or 0401 869 118

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