Welcome to the website of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society (Torbay)


In light of Government advice, the Society have cancelled all meetings, rehearsals and perfomances until further notice.

This includes our forthcoming production of The Mikado, which we now hope will take place in the summer of 2021. Please check this website for further updates.

The Society was founded in 1973, mainly as an appreciation Society. Since then, however, it has performed all the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan and also hold regular concerts at various venues throughout South Devon. Up until 2002 the main production each year was held in the Palace Theatre in Paignton but since 2003 has been staged at the Little Theatre although we returned to the Palace Theatre in December 2019 for our Christmas Production of Sing A Song O' Scrooge, a brand new and especially written adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Details of the show can be found by clicking here.

During its 40 year history the Society has achieved a number of notable successes. In 1978 it achieved world-wide renown when it sung all 13 of the published G&S operas in succession; a feat it repeated in 1998. The Society also had the distinction of staging Pirates on the 100th anniversary of its first production in the very theatre where it was first performed (alas now gone). Details of these and other activities of the Society can be found on this site. Information as to how to join the Society can be found here.

Our last major production was  The Sorcerer at the Little Theatre, Torquay from 9th - 13th   July 2019 and our next summer show will be The Mikado at the Little Theatre, rescheduled for 2021.

We also have a couple of social events each year. Normally these are held in the summer, after the main show, and at Christmas.

In 2009 The Society were featured on The One Show on BBC One, and you can see the clip here.