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31 May - 16 Jun 2012

Sir Despard Murgatroyd is a man under pressure. He has inherited a witch’s curse forcing him to commit a crime a day or die in agony. So it’s a huge relief when shy Robin Oakapple is revealed as his long-lost elder brother – true inheritor of the curse. 

What the critics say

Richard Burkhard's Despard takes the prize for most expressive eyebrows, while the rich staining of Richard Hudson's tea-coloured designs indicates that Ruddigore is definitely best seen through sepia-tinted spectacles.

The Guardian - Full Review ›

Conductor Timothy Henty is young, and talented, and brilliant - he has a genuine enthusiasm for this opera that is infectious, and no-one can resist a conductor who is visibly enjoying himself throughout the performance

Things to do in Manchester - Full Review ›

The orchestra, conducted by John Wilson, clearly had fun with all the parodies and mock-heroics of Sullivan's score...The cheers were warm-hearted and well deserved.

The Observer - Full Review ›

As a lifetime G&S sceptic, this production may have converted me. It’s that good.

Arts Desk - Full Review ›



Dial M for Murgatroyd...

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It’s like putting on an old pair of shoes, don’t you think?’ These were the words of Jo Davies, Ruddigore’s director, after I’d recently dusted off the choreography for the entrance number as Sir Despard Murgatroyd, the Bad Baronet Read More

  • Robin Oakapple / Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd DAVID STOUT (May31; June 1,2(x2),9(x2),14,15)
  • Robin Oakapple / Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd GRANT DOYLE (June 7,8,16(x2))
  • Richard Dauntless JOSHUA ELLICOTT
  • Sir Despard Murgatroyd RICHARD BURKHARD
  • Old Adam Goodheart RICHARD ANGAS
  • Rose Maybud REBECCA MOON
  • Mad Margaret HEATHER SHIPP
  • Dame Hannah GAYNOR KEEBLE (ex June 2 (mat), 9 (mat), 16 (mat))
  • Dame Hannah CLAIRE PASCOE (June 2 (mat), 9 (mat), 16 (mat))
  • Sir Roderic Murgatroyd STEVEN PAGE (ex June 14)
  • Sir Roderic Murgatroyd PAUL GIBSON (June 14)
Creative Team
  • Conductor TIMOTHY HENTY (ex 14, 15 June)
  • Conductor OLIVER RUNDELL (14, 15 June)
  • Director JO DAVIES
  • Set Designer RICHARD HUDSON
  • Associate Designer MAURICIO ELORRIAGA
  • Costume Designer GABRIELLE DALTON
  • Lighting Designer ANNA WATSON
  • Choreographer KAY SHEPHERD

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55 Norfolk Street
S1 1DA

Important Information

By Car

Sheffield Theatres is located in Sheffield’s city centre. The main theatre entrances are in Tudor Square, which can be approached on foot from Arundel Gate, Norfolk Street, or Surrey Street.

Parking: Sheffield Theatres work in partnership with Q Park on Charles St (S1 2NJ) to provide discounted, safe parking for our audiences on both matinee and evening performances. Speak to the Box Office or a member of the Front of House team to claim your 1 hour free parking voucher either in advance of your visit or on the night. 


We are 5-10 minutes walk from the train station and the transport interchange nearby. Leave the train station, cross the road and walk straight up Howard Street, by Sheffield Hallam University. Cross over Arundel Gate at the pedestrian crossing and Millennium Galleries is in front of you. Walk up the obvious ramp to the right of the gallery entrance and continue along Surrey Street until Tudor Square and the theatres appear on your right.

Bus and Tram

The nearest bus stops are on Arundel Gate (50m) and High Street (300m). There are two Supertram Stops in close proximity to the Theatres; Castle Square and Cathedral (400 m).


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3/29 Nicolson Street

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On Foot:

(From Princes Street) The Festival Theatre is on Nicolson Street, which is the continuation of North Bridge heading south from the east end of Princes Street (the Balmoral Hotel is on the corner of Princes Street and North Bridge). The theatre is on the right hand side of the road; approximately 10 minutes walk from the east end of Princes Street.

By Rail:

The nearest rail station to the Festival Theatre is Waverley Station.

By Bus:

The Festival Theatre is accessible by many different bus routes across the city. The main Lothian bus routes which serve the Festival Theatre are: numbers 2, 3, 3A, 5, 7, 8, 14, 21, 29, 31, 33, 37, 37A, 42 and 49.

By Road:

The Festival Theatre is on Nicolson Street, which is the continuation of North Bridge heading south from Princes Street. There are on-going roadworks in preparation for the introduction of trams, so for up to date information please checkwww.edinburgh.gov.uk/internet/Transport or AA Route Planner

Car Parking:

There is limited street parking around the Festival Theatre. There is small car park located about 5 minutes walk from the theatre on Niddry Street (7.00am - 11.00pm, 7 days). For further car park information visit Central Car Parks


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Great Victoria Street

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Box office: 028 9024 1919

Easily accessible by road or public transport, The Grand Opera House is located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the world famous Europa Hotel. The main entrance is on Great Victoria Street, with Stage Door located on Glengall Street.

There is a multi-storey car park situated behind the Europa Hotel, accessible via Sandy Row and Hope Street. McCausland Car Park, located onGrosvenor Road, is open to midnight, Monday - Friday, and 11.00pm on Sunday. There is limited on-street parking on Great Victoria Street, while the nearby Days Hotel also offers secure car-parking facilities.

Great Victoria Street Train Station and the Europa Bus Centre are located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the Grand Opera House. Rail services are available on the Bangor, Londonderry, Larne and Portadown lines and cross-border Enterprise services to Dublin are also available. The Europa Bus Centre provides services across Northern Ireland. Timetables can be viewed at www.translink.co.uk or contact 028 9066 6630 for further information.

What you say

Comment from Grainne


Grainne said ago

Steven Page's - When The Dark Night Howls, at last night's GOH Belfast performance of Ruddigore was amazing. I cannot find it's substitute or better on all the versions posted on youtube. Thanks for a wonderful introduction to opera, I am glad that it is with Opera North as I was in wonderfully talented safe hands.

Comment from Guest


Guest said ago

went today to the matinee sat 2nd June 2012 what a good perfomance the music, the voices, the dancing and the humour, we throughly enjoyed ourselves, loved mad Margaret.

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The Music

Ruddigore is a great showcase for Sullivan’s musical dexterity, including some of the best music he ever wrote. The sparkling score is full of energy, from the rivetingly ravishing to the grippingly ghoulish.

Did You Know?

Locals claim that the Murgatroyd ancestors in Ruddigore are based on the Murgatroyd family of East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire.