Gilbert & Sullivan

26 October - 21 November 2024

Dates & venues

Bad baronet Sir Despard Murgatroyd has inherited a centuries-old witch’s curse forcing him to commit a crime a day or die in agony.

So it’s a huge relief when timid Robin Oakapple is revealed as his long-lost elder brother and the true inheritor of the curse. Robin’s romance with the faultlessly correct Rose Maybud looks doomed, but his troubles really start when his feeble crimes drag his exasperated ancestors back from the dead to haunt him…

A reluctant villain, a modest maiden, amiable ghosts and scary professional bridesmaids: Gilbert & Sullivan make merry with Victorian melodrama in this hilariously inventive confection. Jo Davies’ (Carousel, Kiss Me, Kate!) production was hailed as an instant classic when it opened and is full of the spirit of G&S’s celebrated topsy-turvy invention.

“Wickedly funny… one of the great Gilbert & Sullivan stagings”
★★★★★ — The Guardian

“Operetta bliss. A must for all G&S fans”
★★★★ — The Telegraph

“A comic masterpiece”
★★★★ — The Stage

From £16*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Newcastle Theatre Royal
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes including one interval

Sung in English with English subtitles

Audio described and Relaxed performances

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Digital (£4) or printed (£8.50 including postage)

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*Prices vary by venue. Booking fees may apply.

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When can I book?

Leeds and Bradford packages
Full Season Package renewals On sale
Patrons On sale
Friends On sale
All packages on sale 24 April

Leeds and Bradford single tickets
Patrons 9 May
Friends 16 May
Groups, U30s & Schools 28 May
All tickets on sale 29 May

Nottingham, Salford and Hull
Patrons and Friends On sale
All tickets on sale 24 April

Patrons and Friends On sale
All tickets on sale 25 April

Cast & creative

A man with short curly hair and a black t-shirt.
Dominic Sedgwick

Robin Oakapple / Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd

Xavier Hetherington

Richard Dauntless

A man with a short beard and hair brush to his right.
John Savournin

Sir Despard Murgatroyd

A man with a beard wearing a shirt.
Henry Waddington

Old Adam Goodheart

Steven Page
Steven Page

Sir Roderic Murgatroyd

A woman with curly dark hair resting her head on her hand.
Amy Freston

Rose Maybud

Helen Évora

Mad Margaret

Claire Pascoe

Dame Hannah

A man wearing glasses without frames.
Anthony Kraus


Jo Davies


A man with short hair and glasses.
James Hurley

Revival Director

A bald man with round glasses.
Richard Hudson

Set Designer

Gabrielle Dalton

Costume Designer

A woman with curly hair and long earrings.
Anna Watson

Lighting Designer

A woman with dark curly hair.
Kay Shepherd



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