17 May - 19 June 2011
by Gilbert and Sullivan
TIME OUT CRITICS’ CHOICE
‘This magnetically charming cast breathes new life into a dusty operetta’
‘The company realise the full potential of its topsy-turvy humour, and are quite simply a joy to watch.’
– Time Out
The Tabard Theatre, in association with Royal 10 Productions is delighted to announce Ruddigore, a supernatural comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan.
The Wicked Baronets of Ruddigore are cursed, forced to do one bad deed a day or die in horrifying agony. So it comes as a huge relief when Sir Despard, the current ‘bad baronet’ finds that bashful Robin Oakapple is his long-lost elder brother and the true inheritor of the curse. Feebly committing crimes and losing his sweetheart, the righteous Rose Maybud, poor Robin believes things cannot get any worse. But what will his ghostly ancestors make of the mockery that he has brought upon the family dis-honour of Ruddigore?
‘This production reminds audiences that G&S is still riotous entertainment’
‘a full cast of men and women inventively doubling as the chorus, and each member of the company plays an instrument to supplement the pit.’
– The Stage
Royal 10 Productions comprises of graduates from the Royal Academy of Music who not only sing and dance but are also the band. Directed by Alex Young, the most recent ‘Sondheim Competition’ Winner, she sets this rarely performed work in a bright, bold, beautiful and bizarre world where the Good, the Evil, the Mad, the Sane, the Dead and the Living all collide, creating a colourful firework of follie! Ruddigore is produced in house at the Tabard Theatre whose previous musicals include Just So and the Famous Five.
Part social satire, part horror story Ruddigore’s greatness lies as much in its ability to move and scare us as in its potential to make us laugh. With some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best tunes and a traditionally silly plot Ruddigore remains one of the most popular of the G&S operas.
‘The Tabard has given us a fun evening and great fun it is too’
– Surrey Comet
‘The production is a lavish affair, its nine hardworking cast, expert in music, movement, song and dance, ensure a good time is had by all.’
– Richmond and Twickenham Times