Written by: Sir Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert
Directed by: Leon Berger
Presented by: The Grosvenor Light Opera Company
The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria is a comic opera with music by Sir Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S.Gilbert. It was their twelfth collaboration and their last major success, with an initial run of 554 performances. The plot concerns two newly-married Venetian gondoliers, one of whom turns out to be the King of the island of Barataria. The only trouble is that nobody can remember which of the two Gondoliers is the King, except for their old nursemaid, and she isn’t due to turn up until the end of Act II. To add to the complications, the newly-wed King (whichever he is) discovers he was also married in infancy to the daughter of the Duke of Plaza Toro, who has reluctantly arrived to claim her husband, despite really being in love with the Duke’s drummer boy. This relatively lightweight plot allows space for Gilbert to poke fun at, amongst other things, republican working monarchs and impoverished mercenary aristocrats, as well as allowing more space for Sullivan’s music, most notably in the extended opening scene.
Date/Time: 06 - 09 October @ 7.30pm. Sat matinee @ 2.30pm
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