Over the past 125 years, Gilbert and Sullivan have pervasively influenced popular culture in the English-speaking world. The operas have influenced political style and discourse, literature, film and television, lines and quotations have become part of the English language, they have been widely parodied by humorists, and have even been quoted in legal rulings.
Aside from all that, and peeling away the legacy and reputation of these two imposing figures, what you are left with is a rollicking, gay, topsy turvey collection of operas.
Director Fiona Scott Norman and musical director Karin Muisnieks will be making the old new again in a cabaret style look at the music and works of Gilbert and Sullivan.
The 5 slightly crazy actors taking on this mammoth charge this year are Tim Wotherspoon, Freya Pragt, Brendan Hawke, Lelda Kapsis and Keith Brockett.
The Gilbert and Sullivan Cabaret Review is a humorous canter through the bellowing melody of a modern major general, the cringingly familiar face of old school racism and sexism and a flittering flight of fairy fancy. A celebration of the songs and a humorous look at the accomplishments and legacy of 2 great theatrical artisans – W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.
The Gilbert and Sullivan Cabaret Review
The Owl and the Pussycat, 34 Swan Street, Richmond
Season: 27 – 30 November 2013
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