Fresh, funny, frivolous: Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience from English Touring Opera

A joyous explosion of tuneful Victorian satire provides an unlikely, yet ideal, contrast to English Touring Opera‘s Tosca as their Patience tours the UK in this finely-cast, period-perfect rendition. Director Liam Steel presides over a vivacious, vigorous production which brims with genuine humour, constantly energised by strong group choreography, a vocally sumptuous chorus, and a cast…

Always a Bridesmaid: Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore

Ruddigore is a glorious comic romp through a very English country village, full of wonderfully awkward Edwardian love and delicious puns. Charles Court Opera’s dynamic and brightly-sung production at the historic King’s Head Theatre on Upper Street, created by actor-director John Savournin, captures our attention from the outset and holds it joyfully until the rousing final…

Greasepaint and glamour: a new production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado

The reason The Mikado can move us, despite all its apparent silliness, is that some of its humour is in fact presciently serious at heart. With a healthy dash of camp, glamour, greasepaint and sparkle, Charing Cross Theatre‘s new production of Gilbert & Sullivan‘s The Mikado makes for a rather old-fashioned evening of innocent fun: but hey, vintage is so now these…