The Gilbert and Sullivan Society (Torbay)



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

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.

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.  Our next show will be a brand new version of the Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol  called Sing a Song O' Scrooge at the Palace Theatre, Paignton from 11th - 14th December 2019.  The show will be using about 30 songs from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, specially rewritten for our production. For information about being in the show please ring 01803 842156.  Other details can be found by clicking here.

Our next summer show will be at the Little Theatre, Torquay in early July 2020.

Our next concert will be at the Livermead House Hotel in Torquay on Sunday 8th March 2020. Further details can be found by clicking here.

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


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