G&S Festival’s summer return to Buxton

Published: 7 March 2024
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Gondoliers, one of the operas to be presented by the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company

Four new productions of “all-time favourites” can be seen when the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival returns to Buxton Opera House in summer 2024.

Festival director Janet Smith said, “we’re delighted to welcome fans and performers back to Buxton to celebrate 30 years of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. This year's festival is a testament to the enduring appeal of G&S and the fantastic, friendly atmosphere that we always enjoy in Buxton.”

The professional National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present The Gondoliers and The Pirates of Penzance, both directed by Simon Butteriss, HMS Pinafore directed by Bradley Travis and Trial by Jury directed by Bruce Graham.

Professional opera company Charles Court Opera will stage a new production of The Sorcerer at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.

A highlight of the festival is the international Gilbert and Sullivan competition in which societies from around the world vie for the title of festival champions. The 2024 line-up boasts a wide array of performances including The Savoy Company from Philadelphia, USA with The Grand Duke, Grosvenor Light Opera Company with The Yeomen of the Guard, Edinburgh G&S with The Gondoliers, SavoyNet Performing Group with The Mikado and Peak Opera with Iolanthe.

Bus Pass Opera, with all performers over 60, will perform Patience at the festival from Saturday 27 July until Saturday 10 August.

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