Express G&S - All aboard for a murderous musical mystery tour!

Charles Court Opera

23rd June - 2nd July 2021 (Weds - Fri)

Main House Cabaret - Pleasance London


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Charles Court Opera presents
All aboard for a murderous musical mystery tour!

"The masters of G&S in small spaces” present this brand new, side-splitting spoof of the classic railway mystery. A trio of intriguing travellers (and a pianist) take on multiple characters, uncover clue upon red herring, while ripping through the G&S operettas with a cake soaked butter knife, all aboard the G&S Express. Get ready to be swept away on this Topsy-turvy journey - from Penzance to Titipu, from Venice to the Tower of London, from Portsmouth to Fairyland - in a brand new story packed with references from every single G&S operetta. This highly inventive, witty murder mystery spoof is splattered with favourite songs from the Savoy operas including ‘The Pirates of Penzance’, ‘The Mikado’ and ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’, as well as from those less performed, such as ‘The Sorcerer,’ ‘Princess Ida’ and ‘Utopia Ltd’.

All aboard the G&S Express - destination: Murder!

Charles Court Opera is one of the leading chamber opera and music theatre companies in the UK. They are one of the champions of the reinvigoration of Gilbert and Sullivan, recently receiving the award for Best Opera Production at the Offies for H.M.S. Pinafore.

This summer, they were scheduled to co-produce The PIrates of Penzance with Opera Holland Park. Celebrated for their annual Boutique pantomimes, this stalwart company of London's off-west-end has performed across the UK in venues ranging from pub theatres to concert halls, touring to Europe and the USA. They have created productions for the Iford Arts Festival, regularly visit the International G&S Festival, and they are an associate company of The King’s Head Theatre, London.

Devised by John Savournin and David Eaton, this brave but foolish endeavour is one not to be missed.

Press for previous productions from CCO:

★★★★★ "An Irresistible staging" The Stage
★★★★ “Wickedly funny” The Guardian
★★★★ “Exquisite, ingenious” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Extremely well sung” Time Out Critics’ Choice
A sparklingly fresh package of laughs, pathos, foolery and high-class music making” Opera Now

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