A witch’s curse, a thwarted courtship, an assumed identity, a ghostly chorus and the irksome business of committing daily acts of wickedness. With marvellous music from Sullivan, and Gilbert’s most witty and wild characters lampooning etiquette books, melodrama and the Victorian obsession with the supernatural, don’t miss this irreverent tale with its spirited topsy-turvy twist!

Shy and law-abiding, gentleman farmer, Robin Oakapple, is working up the courage to ask the virtuous Rose Maybud to marry him. However, his dark secret and true identity are revealed. He is Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd – the cursed Baronet of Ruddigore Castle – who fled to escape his fate of daily dastardly deeds. How will he free himself from the witch’s curse to resume love’s true course?

Anna Castle as Mad Margaret

Anna Castle as Mad Margaret, in GSOV’s 2013 production.

Join GSOV stalwarts and fresh talent, a full live orchestra and glorious chorus in a rare, fully-staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic supernatural opera.

Director: Ron Pidcock OAM
Musical Director: Trevor Henley

Rose Maybud
  Zoe Lancaster
Dame Hannah
  Jenny Wakefield
Mad Margaret
  Melissa Hill
Zorah    Kate Thurkle
Ruth    Hannah Sleeth
Robin Oakapple    James Douglas
Old Adam    Robin Halls
Sir Despard    John Parncutt
Sir Roderic    Phil Elphinstone
Richard Dauntless    Daniel Vigne


Elizabeth Anthony, Rebekah Bennetts, Sarah Berry, Pamela Fewster, Robyn Hannan, Shona Harris, Susan Hurley, Marisa Panzarin, Robyn Pidcock, Golnaz Saremi, Annabelle Pappas, Grace Liu, Danielle Zuccala
Tim Angelico, Andrew Bell, Michael Capon, Stephen Capon, Dave Douds, Hamish Douglas, Sam Hargreaves, Philip Liberatore, Martin Shellshear, Jamie Tampion, Paul Tooby, Kevin Yap



4 Performances at The Alexander Theatre

Tickets for “Ruddigore” are now on sale!

Ian Potter Centre for the Arts
Monash University
48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton 3800

Friday 6th September 2024, 7:30pm
Saturday 7th September 2024, 2pm
Saturday 7th September 2024, 7:30pm
Sunday 8th September 2024, 2pm


1 Performance at Corinella

Saturday 14th September 2024 (evening)

Pop it in your calendar, ticketing details to follow.

Special two show deal

What’s better than live theatre? More live theatre!
Get an extra special price ($16 off full price tickets) when booking BOTH Ruddigore and A Festival of WS Gilbert Plays