Libretto by W.S.GILBERT
New Performing Version by ANTHONY BAKER, TIM HENTY

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first collaboration by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, GSOV presents Thespis or The Gods Grown Old as our last offering for the year. This is less a comic opera and more a joyous  extravaganza. It was traditional for theatres to put on festive works over the Christmas season, and Gilbert and Sullivan were commissioned to provide one for the London’s Gaiety Theatre for Christmas 1871.

Much of the music has been lost, but detailed research has allowed the work to be reconstructed. The setting is ancient Greece and the gods on Mount Olympus are tired and ageing. When a troupe of actors stumble onto them an agreement is reached that the gods and actors will swap places for a year. Of course chaos and much fun ensues.



19-21 November 2021
4 Performances
Running time 2 hours approx
(1 Interval)
19th November at 8:15pm
20th November at 2pm
20th November at 8:15pm
21st November at 2pm


Malvern Theatre
39 Burke Rd
Malvern East 3145

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Non Subscription Tickets
Adult $35
Concession $30
Student $25
Child u/16 $20
Groups 10+ $25

Working within our COVID-19 Policy, 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, and this policy may change as the year rolls on and confidence improves in the handling of the pandemic. In any case, Subscribers will be the first seats booked.