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.

Musical Director: GREG HANNAN
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

Free undercover parking

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

Non Subscription tickets available in the new year