The Grand Duke
Written by Gilbert and Sullivan
Directed by Martin Milnes
An eclectic array of travelling players and aristocrats, four weddings and enough sausage rolls to last several lifetimes, Gilbert and Sullivan's final 'Savoy Opera' is full of Topsy Turvy paradoxes, legal conundrums and absurdities of etiquette. Far more than just a historical curiosity, The Grand Duke displays a much sharper satirical edge than any of Gilbert and Sullivan's other works.
The first fully staged professional UK production since 1896. As part of it's commitment to rediscovering forgotten theatre, The New Actors Company revived this neglected operetta by theatre's most well known writing duo. Apart from a concert version produced by D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in the mid-seventies and a handful of amateur productions, Gilbert and Sullivan's final operetta, The Grand Duke, has not been seen in a fully staged professional production in the UK since the original production in 1896.
Stefan Bednarczyk as Ludwig, Victoria Byron as Lisa, Sylvia Clarke as Baroness, Curtis Dabek as Herald, Tammy Davies as Bertha, Bruce Graham as Notary, Philip Lee as Ernest, Matthew Markwick as Chamberlain/ Supernumerary, Ciara O'Connor as Elsa, Stiofan O'Doherty as Rudi, Charlotte Page as Julia, Jane Quinn as the Princess of Monte Carlo, Robin Rayner as Ben Hashbaz, "Guy Mott as Chamberlain/ Supernumerary, Richard Suart as Rudolph, Matthew James Willis as Franzel, Mark Lawson as Otto, Ben Newhouse Smith as Chamberlain/ Supernumerary and Martin Lamb as The Prince of Monte Carlo.
Musical Direction John Owen Edwards, Choreographer/ Assistant Director Brendan Matthew, Associate Choreographer Laura Hyde, Repetiteur/ Associate MD Ross Leadbeater, Designed by David Shields, Costume Design by The Costume Design House.
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