International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival tickets for Buxton shows go on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival which will make a welcome return to Buxton this summer following lockdown.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 5:30 am
The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company performed The Pirates of Penzance at Buxton Opera House in 2018. Photo by Jane Stokes.

The festival will run in the town’s Opera House from July 31 until August 7, 2021.

Festival director Janet Smith said: “After the horrible year we have all endured, we cannot wait to get back into the theatre.

“Our seating plan in the theatre is socially distanced, and only 40% of the usual Opera House seats are available, so we expect tickets to sell out quickly. We will have to wait to hear the Government announcements about easing restrictions on 21 June, when hopefully we will be allowed to open up more seats.”

The acclaimed National G&S Opera Company can't wait to get on board with their opening performance of the much-loved HMS Pinafore. Simon Butteriss will direct and star in all-time favourite The Mikado, and the Opera Company will also bring along a brand-new production of Patience.

Award-winning Charles Court Opera, present their enchanting - and timely - production of Iolanthe, Gilbert & Sullivan's sharp satire of power, privilege and parliamentary democracy.

Forbear! Theatre, directed by rising talent, Rachel Middle will bring two outstanding productions of The Pirates of Penzance and The Yeomen of the Guard.

And for something completely different, on August 6, Simon Butteriss will premiere The Diary of a Nobody. The comic masterpiece by George Grossmith and his brother Weedon has been a best-selling novel since its publication in 1892. Now Butteriss has adapted the book into an hilarious solo entertainment. G&S fans will meet Simon as the hapless Charles Pooter, struggling to retain his dignity in the face of accident-prone Fate, his headstrong wife Carrie, his wayward son Lupin and his not always supportive friends Cummings and Gowing.

Tickets for the festival are available online at or call 01298 72190.

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