The Ghosts of Ruddigore

The Ghosts of Ruddigore

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Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney is bringing this hilarious parody to Sydney.

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Professional bridesmaids, a character who converses in biblical verse and a village called Rederring.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s 10th collaboration, The Ghosts of Ruddigore, sees the continuation of the pair’s comic brilliance.

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney is bringing this hilarious parody of Victorian melodrama to Thirroul on September 23, Bundanoon on September 29 and North Sydney on October 5, 6,7,12,13 and 14.

This production has some great larger-than-life characters, including a villain who carries off a maiden; the primly perfect heroine; a hero in disguise; a snake in the grass and a ‘fraid’ of ghosts!! 

Good becomes bad – and bad becomes good in the village of Rederring. 

After premiering on January 21, 1887 at the Savoy Theatre in London, The Ghosts of Ruddigore ran for 288 performances.

The story follows Robin Oakapple, a shy, upstanding gentleman farmer who is desperate to ask the lovely Rose Maybud to marry him. 

But he hasn’t the courage! 

The truth is he hides a dark secret; he is the heir to a curse on all Baronets of Ruddigore and has been living in disguise to escape his terrible fate. 

When the truth is discovered Robin is forced to obey the family curse that dictates he must commit a felony every day – or face a lingering death! How will he ever win Rose and return to a tranquil, virtuous life on the farm?!

Brilliant and witty use of the English language and fantastic melodies are the hallmarks of any Gilbert and Sullivan production, and this one is no different.

Lead soprano Kate Wilmot, who will play Rose Maybud, moved to Australia from South Africa in 2003.

Kate was a Principal Artist for Spiers Trust/Broomhill Opera Cape Town and Promusica Opera Roodeport, South Africa, and has performed extensively since arriving in Australia, including several major roles with Rockdale Opera Company.

Chris Lewis, who will play the role of Robin Oakapple, has performed various roles for West Australian Opera as a member of the Young Artist program, including  Dancairo (Carmen), Frank (Die Fledermaus), Sciarrone (Tosca) and Handsome (Girl of the Golden West).

He has also recorded a recital of American Art Song for ABC Radio and performed Ko-Ko-Ri-Ko (Bataclan) as part of the Sunday Live broadcast series.  

No stranger to the world of Music Theatre and Gilbert & Sullivan, Chris has performed The Judge (Trial By Jury), Strephon (Iolanthe) and Curly (Oklahoma) on multiple occasions. Chris joined G&S Opera Sydney as “The Pirate King” in last year's production of The Pirates of Penzance.

The North Sydney performances will be accompanied by a 25 piece orchestra.

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Musical Director: Rod Mounjed

Director: Dean Sinclair

Associate Director & Choreographer: Sarah Pearce

Rose Maybud: Kate Wilmot 

Mad Margaret: Elizabeth Lowrencev

Dame Hannah: Megan Chalmers

Zorah: Bernice Zandona 

Ruth: Bridget Wood 

Robin Oakapple: Chris Lewis

Richard Dauntless: Daniel Verschuer

Sir Despard Murgatroyd: Andrew Pennycuick 

Sir Roderic Murgatroyd: Tobias Page

Old Adam Goodheart: Dean Sinclair 

Tickets: $15 - $40

Bookings: 0401 869 118 or email

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