All aboard the G&S express for the very model of a modern major mash up!
“The masters of G&S in small spaces” present this brand new, inventive and virtuosic production that is sure to put a huge smile on your face.
Get ready to be swept away from Penzance to Titipu, from Venice to the Tower of London, from Portsmouth to Fairyland, as Charles Court Opera takes on the ill advisable challenge of performing the complete works of Gilbert & Sullivan – in just 75 minutes!
Featuring favourite songs and scenes from the operas, including ‘The Pirates of Penzance’, ‘The Mikado’ and ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’, as well as from those less performed, such as ‘The Sorcerer,’ ‘Princess Ida’ and ‘Utopia Ltd’, this brave (but foolish) endeavour is one not to be missed!
Charles Court Opera is one of the leading chamber opera and music theatre companies in the UK. One of the champions of the reinvigoration of Gilbert and Sullivan, they recently received the award for Best Opera Production at the Off West End awards for H.M.S. Pinafore and this summer, they are to co-produce The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Holland Park.
Devised by John Savournin and David Eaton, with design by Holly Pigott.
PRESS FOR PREVIOUS CCO PRODUCTIONS
★★★★★ “an irresistible staging” - The Stage
★★★★★ "From the opening explosion of energy this is a show that knows where it's heading, and that's to five-star heaven" - What's On Stage
★★★★ “Wickedly funny” - The Guardian
★★★★ “Exquisite, ingenious” - Evening Standard
★★★★ “Extremely well sung” - Time Out Critics’ Choice
“A sparklingly fresh package of laughs, pathos, foolery and high-class music making” - Opera Now
CHARLES COURT OPERA
Charles Court Opera has been described as one of the leading and most versatile chamber opera and music theatre companies in the UK. They are considered one of the champions of the current reinvigoration of Gilbert and Sullivan, described as “the masters of G&S in small places” and were the 2020 Off-west-end award winners for Best Opera for their production of 'H.M.S. Pinafore'.
Aside from their Gilbert & Sullivan productions, their notorious ‘Boutique Pantos’ have become a legendary part of London’s Christmas, known for their ‘off-piste’ nature and described by the Telegraph as “an annual madhouse”.
They are committed to devising new work, education and outreach, have performed across the UK in venues ranging from pub theatres to concert halls, and toured to the US and Europe.
They have co-produced operas with the Iford Arts Festival as a regular visiting company, and are proud to be an associate company of The King’s Head Theatre, London. This summer, they are to co-produce The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Holland Park, and will present Express G&S - The Complete works of G&S in 75 minutes - at the Pleasance Theatre, London before embarking on a UK tour of their brand new production of Iolanthe, Express G&S and their “five-star heaven” 2018 production of The Mikado.
Production artwork included was designed by Alex Jackson.