Vivacious, Victorian, and very good fun: Ruddigore, Gilbert & Sullivan, Southgate Opera

We tend to think of Victorian society as morally strict, judgemental, and socially tense: and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, while confirming all the above, savagely pokes fun at Victorian ideals of social and moral perfection, pushing stereotypes to extremes in order to satirise the question of private and public goodness from all sorts of different…

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…