The Gilbert and Sullivan society typically put on three or four shows a year, including a freshers' show open to all in Michaelmas, a large scale show in Lent (at West Road Concert Hall for the foreseeable future), and a show at the 700-seat Minack Theatre on the cliffs of Cornwall in September.
Although members are welcome to participate in any single project, the G&S Society is well known for its sociability, and has a strong events calendar in addition to its productions, which provides fabulous opportunities to meet lots of lovely people! To whet your appetite, these include singthroughs of shows (plus free gourmet food and drink!), movie nights, pub crawls and subsidized trips to the theatre for members. A festive Christmas party, glamorous Annual Dinner and gorgeous garden party complete the irresistible parcel!
We have also put on many shows that were not written by Gilbert or Sullivan, and welcome funding applications for other shows that would be of interest to our members.
For more information on the society, see our website
Get involved with Gilbert and Sullivan Society shows:
- Trial by Jury is looking for: Lighting Designer, Production Cinematographer , Production Photographer - more details
- The Mikado has announced: Applications for Director, Producer, and Musical Director - more details
- The Yeomen of the Guard has announced: Applications for Director, Producer, and Musical Director - more details
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society returns again to West Road Concert Hall, this year performing the brilliant Ruddigore. A terrible curse condemns each Baronet of Ruddigore to commit one dastardly crime per day or perish in inconceivable agony. Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, 22nd Baronet, has gone into hiding to avoid the curse and now lives in a Cornish fishing village where, disguised as the young farmer Robin Oakapple, he has fallen in love with the fair Rose Maybud. His prospects are ruined when his foster brother Dick Dauntless betrays him to Sir Despard Murgatroyd, the acting baronet. Ruthven is forced to take on the baronetcy and its curse, enforced by an entire portrait gallery of his ghostly ancestors. Ruddigore is a hilarious operatic satire of Victorian melodrama. Despite the sinister backdrop, you’ll find all the laughs and silliness you’d expect from G&S, combined with some of Sullivan’s most majestic music.
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: Come join us for our annual Halloween social, where we traditionally sing Ruddigore!
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: Starry-eyed young lovers Alexis and Aline wish everyone in their village could be as happily besotted as they are. In a moment of inspiration, they decide to hire John Wellington Wells, a distinguished representative of a highly respectable London firm of sorcerers, to brew a love-potion for their fellow citizens. It remains only to slip the potion into the tea at the wedding feast—but though the villagers fall in love, they do so with the first person the see, no matter who it is! Will magical love win through? Or are the villagers doomed to a life of joyless love? The Sorcerer is a funny, touching, exciting and altogether wonderful comic operetta, and the Gilbert and Sullivan society is proud to present it as the Freshers' show of 2017!
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society will be holding their first social of term at the Graduate Union on Thursday 12th October from 7:30pm! All members, and anyone interested in the society are most welcome to join us for wine, cheese (and other snacks) and singing! Hope to see you all there :)
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: We're excited to announce that we will be holding our Annual Dinner in the OCR of St Catharine's College on 23rd June. Tickets cost £44 for drinking, £36 for non-drinking and £54/£45 for non-members drinking/non-drinking respectively. Please fill in this form if you would like to attend: https://goo.gl/forms/6HOET4o0WFCfl1d93 Please note there are only 35 seats available, so book now!
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: On the South Pacific isle of Utopia, King Paramount strives to create a perfect civilisation: free from crime and disease, and with purified literature and drama - all the while under threat from Tarara, the Public Exploder. His daughter, Princess Zara, returns from Girton College having fallen in love with Captain Fitzbattleaxe, only to find her former suitors still vying for her affections. The men quickly hatch a plot with Tarara to overthrow the King and win the hand of the Princess but all does not go quite according to plan. Utopia, Limited is a terrific tale of love and politics which pokes fun at the corporate world, scandal in the Royal Family and many of the duo's previous works all at once!
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: HMS Pinafore opens in just three days! Join Ralph Rackstraw, Captain Corcoran, his daughter Josephine and Sir Joseph Porter in this delightfully silly musical romp, full of rousing anthems, heartfelt love songs and an amusing case of mistaken identity. Varsity cannot wait to see the show (https://www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/11961) so book now and join us as we sail the ocean blue this Thursday to Saturday! https://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/opera/hms-pinafore/#tickets
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: Our Lent Term production, HMS Pinafore, opens in less than 2 weeks! Join sailor Ralph Rackstraw, Captain Corcoran and his daughter Josephine at West Road Concert Hall as they sail the ocean blue in this tale of forbidden love and ever-changing social class. Check out this article on Cambridge News to see what all the fuss is about!
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: This year CUG&S will be celebrating it's 55th Anniversary and what better way to mark the occasion than with a with a grand ball in true Victorian style! Join us for a night of feasting and frolicking with full orchestral accompaniment - you’ll fill up your dance card then step out into Girton’s Great Hall for a cachuca, fandango and even possibly a bolero, to glorious arrangements of Sullivan’s music. A huge banquet supper, drinks and canapés await at a Cambridge ball like no other, that could only be hosted by the G&S Society!
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: Don't forget that tonight is our Freshers' Social - 7:30pm at the Graduate Union Come one, come all, come old, come new, as we start the year on a high! We'll have an abundance of free food and drink as we make merry singing along to some G&S favourites, including a few sneak peeks at our Freshers' Show: The Gondoliers. Old hands, come and catch up with everyone after the long summer break, and freshers, come along to see what we're all about, make some fabulous new friends and maybe even join in with the singing! The fun begins at 7:30pm tonight in the Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane. Directions: From standing outside Ede and Ravenscroft on Silver Street, cross the road towards the two red telephone boxes and walk down the alleyway to your right. The door to the Graduate Union will be on your right. Once inside, walk up the stairs to the Lounge and you're there! If you get lost or can't get in either phone or email James (07403188006, firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will come and find you!
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: Come and visit us at the CUSU Freshers' Fair today and tomorrow! We're in the Kelsey Kerridge Sports Hall, Row 8, Stall 16 - you can't miss our big shiny signs! We will be here all day with information about how to get involved, signups for auditions and much more!
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: Want to list and learn an operetta from the sunny Spanish shore? Ready to dance a cachucha, fandango, bolero? Well, fear not, for this year's G&S freshers' show, The Gondoliers, is holding auditions this Friday and Saturday and is is open to everyone! Please fill out this doodle poll to book a 10 minute slot: http://doodle.com/poll/ch93347it6sparfq please include your name AND email address! If you would like to audition but none of these times work for you, please send an email to Anna Smith and Bryn Reinstadler (amgs2 and br371) and we can sort something out :) We look forward to seeing you there!
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: Preparations well underway for the @CUSUonline Freshers' Fair next week! Can't wait to see everyone there!
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: Delighted to have won the UNIFest award for Best Costumes @GSFestival this year! All thanks to our very well-known costumier, Rosie Corner!
Gilbert and Sullivan Society posted: Thrilled to announce our freshers' show - THE GONDOLIERS - 17th-19th November Robinson College Auditorium! Away we go to an island fair!
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