Libretto by W.S.GILBERT
Music by ARTHUR SULLIVAN


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.

Starring:

RENEE WHITE     as Elsie Maynard
ERIN ABSALOM     as Phoebe Meryll
SUE COULL     as Dame Carruthers
EMMA SUTCLIFFE     as Kate
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

Director: RON PIDCOCK
Musical Director: TREVOR HENLEY
Lighting Design: JASON BOVAIRD