Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Gondoliers (G&S)

The Eastbourne Gilbert and Sullivan Society are now in their 43rd year having originally formed in 1968. Following on from Ruddigore in 2010 and The Mikado in 2011, this year's production will be The Gondoliers.

The comic opera is a class satire which was first performed in 1889 and ran for an amazing 554 performances. 
The Prince of Baratarian was married when he was still a baby. When, years later, his young bride arrives in Venice to join her husband, he cannot be identified because a drunken gondolier has confused the Prince with his own son. As the King of Barataria has just been killed, the two young gondoliers must now jointly rule the kingdom until the Prince's nurse can be brought to determine which of them is the rightful king. To further complicate matters, both of the two gondoliers have both recently married local girls and the Royal bride is in love with another man.

The Gondoliers will be performed at the Devonshire Park Theatre from the 8th to the 12th of May. Evening performances are at 19:45 and there will be matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 14:30.