Gilbert & Sullivan

The Gondoliers

A new co-production with D’Oyly Carte Opera & State Opera South Australia
Supported by Scottish Opera’s ‘Play A Supporting Role’ Appeal

Theatre Royal


Thu 14 May to Sat 23 May

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His Majesty's Theatre


Thu 28 May to Sat 30 May

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Eden Court


Wed 3 Jun to Sat 6 Jun

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Festival Theatre


Wed 10 Jun to Sat 13 Jun

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Hackney Empire


Wed 15 Jul to Sat 18 Jul

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Sunny, funny and with more ‘tra la la las’ per square inch than any other opera in the canon, The Gondoliers is a joy from start to finish.

In a flight of the satirical whimsy so typical of G&S, two happy-go-lucky gondoliers discover that one of them is, in fact, heir to the throne of a distant kingdom. True to their (adopted) Republican roots, they set off together to rule in idealistic, if somewhat chaotic, style... Director Stuart Maunder, Artistic Director at State Opera South Australia, teams up with designer Dick Bird (The Mikado 2016) to stage a production that is fast, furious and full of fun.

The Gondoliers is a glorious confection – the sunniest, most joyous of the Savoy scores, jam-packed with star roles, all unforgettable. It’s an irresistible helping of relentless joy.’ Stuart Maunder

The score sees Sullivan at the top of his game and is packed with favourites including the 'Regular Royal Queen' quartet. The fabulous cast includes ENO Harewood  Artist William Morgan (The Magic Flute 2019), Ellie Laugharne (The Pirates of Penzance 2013), Ben McAteer (The Mikado 2016), Sioned Gwen Davies (Rigoletto 2018), and G&S favourite Richard Suart (The Mikado 2016). Scottish Opera's Head of Music and G&S aficionado Derek Clark conducts. 

Running time approx. 2 hrs 40 mins

Sung in English with English supertitles


DON'T MISS Utopia, Limited, a semi-staged performance of one of G&S' lesser-known works

Cast & Creative Team

Marco Palmieri
William Morgan

Giuseppe Palmieri
Mark Nathan*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Ellie Laugharne

Sioned Gwen Davies

The Duchess of Plaza-Toro
Sarah Pring

The Duke of Plaza-Toro
Richard Suart

Don Alhambra del Bolero (The Grand Inquisitor)
Ben McAteer

Charlie Drummond*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Arthur Bruce*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Dan Shelvey

Cheryl Forbes

Derek Clark & James Hendry

Stuart Maunder

Set & Costume Designer
Dick Bird

Lighting Designer
Paul Keogan

Anjali Mehra

Theatre Royal Glasgow
14 • 15 • 16 • 22 • 23 May 2020, 7.15pm
17 May 2020, 2.30pm

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
28 • 29 • 30 May 2020, 7.15pm

Eden Court, Inverness
3 • 4 • 5 • 6 Jun 2020, 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
10 • 11 • 13 Jun 2020, 7.15pm
13 Jun 2020, 2.30pm

Hackney Empire, London
15 • 16 • 18 Jul 2020, 7.30pm
16 • 18 Jul 2020, 2.30pm



If you are visually impaired, you can enjoy the full opera experience with live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Free touch tours including the set, props and costumes are also available before the show.

Touch Tours

Sat 23 May, 6pm

Sat 30 May, 6pm

Sat 6 Jun, 6pm

Sat 13 Jun, 1.15pm

Audio Described

Sat 23 May, 7.15pm

Sat 30 May, 7.15pm

Sat 6 Jun, 7.15pm

Sat 13 Jun, 2.30pm

Contact the box office at your local venue to book – tickets should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Discounts available. Touch tours only available to audio-description bookers. Guide dogs welcome. Find out more.

Get Closer

Widen your opera experience with a pre-show talk, or try an hour long taster that gives you an insight into our operas and how they are created.

Pre-show Talk

Sat 23 May, 6pm

Sat 30 May, 6pm

Sat 6 Jun, 6pm

Sat 13 Jun, 6pm

Sat 18 Jul, 6pm

Tickets for Opera Unwrapped are just £5. Pre-show talks are free but should be reserved by calling the box office at your chosen venue. Find out more.


Listen to a taster of the music from The Gondoliers on Spotify.


We need your help. A show of this scale needs a huge amount of preparation and skill to bring it to life. The artisans in our workshops are already hard at work  it’s a real team effort, and you can be part of it. 

Lend your support to a character, costume, prop or piece of music today and help us bring this show-stopping production to the stage across Scotland and beyond.

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Costume sketch by Belinda Clisham