Libretto by W.S.GILBERT

Gilbert and Sullivan both thought this their best work. Gilbert supplied Sullivan with what he longed for: a libretto of real and bitter-sweet human emotions. Set in the time of Henry VIII, the hero Colonel Fairfax is to be beheaded, on a trumped up charge of witchcraft. However, he is saved by the bravery of the Meryll family, aided by the strolling players, Elsie Maynard and Jack Point. Jack Point is perhaps Gilbert’s finest character.

The closest Gilbert and Sullivan came to write a grand opera, this is arguably the most performed opera written in English. Sullivan wrote ravishing music, supplied to Gilbert’s intriguing and serious plot. With new sets and new costumes, recently imported from the UK, this will be a sumptuous musical and dramatic event, and one of the highlights of Melbourne’s opera year.


RENEE WHITE     as Elsie Maynard
ERIN ABSALOM     as Phoebe Meryll
SUE COULL     as Dame Carruthers
MITCHELL GROVES     as Jack Point
ANDREW MCGRAIL     as Wilfred Shadbolt

IAN WOOLFORD     as Sgt Meryll
BRETT O’MEARA     as Colonel Fairfax
PHIL ELPHINSTONE     as Lieutenant
CHRISTOPHER ROTHWELL     as Leonard Meryll

Musical Director: TREVOR HENLEY
Lighting Design: JASON BOVAIRD


2-4 September 2021
4 Performances
Running time 2.5 hours approx
(1 Interval)
2nd September at 8pm
3rd September at 8pm
4th September at 2pm
4th September at 8pm


Alexander Theatre
Monash University
48 Exhibition Walk
Clayton, 3169

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Non Subscription Tickets
Adult $50
Concession $45
Student $40
Child u/16 $25
Groups 10+ $35

Working within the COVID-19 Policy of the Venue, the Box Office for this show will not open for non-subscription tickets until approximately one month before the Season. We are hopeful this can be brought forward. In any case, Subscribers will be the first seats booked.

Further, the tickets for shows at the Alexander Theatre will need to be collected from the Box Office upon arrival at the theatre, before the show. They are not providing print-at-home ticketing, or handing GSOV physical tickets for posting to Subscribers. Again, this policy may change as the year rolls on and confidence improves in the handling of the pandemic.