A reluctant villain, a modest maiden, amiable ghosts and scary professional bridesmaids: Gilbert and Sullivan make merry at the expense of Victorian melodrama in this, one of their most inventive confections.
Sir Despard Murgatroyd is a man under pressure. He has inherited a witch’s curse forcing him to commit a crime a day or die in agony. So it’s a huge relief when shy Robin Oakapple is revealed as his long-lost elder brother – true inheritor of the curse. This revelation scuppers Robin’s chances with the prim Rose Maybud, but his troubles really start when his feeble crimes drag his exasperated ancestors back from the dead.
With its top quality cast and creative team, Opera North’s much loved and universally acclaimed production perfectly captures the wonderful spirit of G&S’s topsy-turvy invention.
“A delightful show that will give great pleasure… this is operetta bliss.” Daily Telegraph
“Ruddy good…This scrupulously faithful presentation should win Ruddigore many new admirers” The Times
Sung in English