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The University of Oxford Gilbert & Sullivan Society is devoted to the appreciation and performance of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, writers of comic opera during the Victorian era. The shows sit somewhere between grand opera and musical theatre, but being catchy, lively, slightly absurd, they essentially form a genre of their own. You can find much more about them and their music than you ever wanted to know here.

The society is one of Oxford’s oldest and most prestigious, officially dating back to 1927, although it existed unofficially for some years before then. Our alumni include national directors and conductors, and the society was featured in the Oscar-winning film, ‘Chariots of Fire’. We have performed in numerous prominent locations, from the Oxford Playhouse to the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, held every year in Harrogate.

We are the most active dramatic society in Oxford, committed to putting on a production of a Savoy Opera every term.

MICHAELMAS – our Fresher’s show, aiming to get Freshers involved in the society

HILARY – our biggest, most elaborate production of the year

TRINITY – a smaller show for anyone who isn’t doing exams!

We also hold weekly social events for our members, usually a sing-through of one of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas. The previous term’s show is usually sung through cross-cast, and the next term’s show is previewed. See our termcard for dates.

The society often holds smaller concerts of G&S favourites, performing in such locations as St Michael’s at the North Gate church. There is a biennial marathon going non-stop through the entire G&S canon. We also hold an annual white-tie society dinner in Trinity Term, usually with a guest speaker.

History:
To be added to, meanwhile:

The Gondoliers, Michealmas 2015
Corpus Christi Auditorium

Trial by Jury and Concert, Trinity 2015
Brasenose College Chapel

Iolanthe, Hilary 2015
SJE Arts

The Sorcerer, Michealmas 2014
Corpus Christi Auditorium

The Grand Duke, Trinity 2014
Corpus Christi Auditorium

The Yeomen of the Guard, Trinity 2014
Exeter Chapel

The Mikado, Hilary 2014
Corpus Christi Auditorium

Ruddigore, Michaelmas 2013
Corpus Christi Auditorium

Utopia, Ltd., Trinity 2013
Corpus Christi Auditorium

Princess Ida, Hilary 2013
Corpus Christi Auditorium

The Pirates of Penzance, Michaelmas 2012
Magdalen Auditorium

The Yeomen of the Guard, Trinity 2012
Newman Room, OU Catholic Chaplaincy

Patience, Hilary 2012
Randolph Sculpture Gallery, Ashmolean Museum
and Corpus Christi Auditorium

Trial By Jury and Concert, Michaelmas 2011
St Michael’s at the North Gate

HMS Pinafore, Michaelmas 2011
Moser Theatre, Wadham

The Sorcerer, Trinity 2011
Magdalen Auditorium

The Gondoliers, Hilary 2011
Corpus Christi Auditorium

Iolanthe, Michaelmas 2010
Magdalen Auditorium

Princess Ida, Summer 2010
Buxton Opera House

The Grand Duke, Trinity 2010
Magdalen Auditorium

Ruddigore, Hilary 2010
Keble O’Reilly

The Mikado, Michaelmas 2009
Magdalen Auditorium

Utopia Ltd, Summer 2009
Buxton Opera House

HMS Pinafore, Trinity 2009
St Michael’s at the North Gate

The Yeomen of the Guard, Hilary 2009
Old Fire Station

The Pirates of Penzance, Michaelmas 2008
Magdalen Auditorium

Patience, Summer 2008
Buxton Opera House

Trial by Jury and Concert of Curiosities, Trinity 2008
St Michael’s at the North Gate

Patience, Hilary 2008
Merton/Wesley Memorial Church

The Gondoliers, Michaelmas 2007
Moser Theatre, Wadham

Princess Ida, Trinity 2007
JdP, St Hilda’s

Utopia Ltd, Hilary 2007
Keble O’Reilly

Ruddigore, Michaelmas 2006
Moser Theatre, Wadham

Foggerty’s Fairy, Trinity 2006
Mansfield Chapel/Moser Theatre, Wadham

Iolanthe, Hilary 2006
Old Fire Station

The Sorcerer, Michaelmas 2005
Moser Theatre, Wadham

Orpheus in the Underworld, Trinity 2005
The Oxford Playhouse

The Yeomen of the Guard, Hilary 2005
Moser Theatre, Wadham

The Pirates of Penzance, Michaelmas 2004
The Moser Theatre, Wadham

The Topsy-Turvy World of Gilbert and Sullivan, 2004
The Oxford Playhouse

The Mikado, Trinity 2004
The Old Fire Station

HMS Pinafore, Hilary 2004
Holywell Music Room

Patience, Michaelmas 2003
Holywell Music Room

The Zoo and Trial By Jury, Trinity 2003
Wesley Memorial Church

Ruddigore, Hilary 2003
The Old Fire Station

Iolanthe, Michaelmas 2002
Holywell Music Room

Cox & Box, Hilary 2002
Burton-Taylor Theatre

The Gondoliers, Trinity 2002
Wesley Memorial Church

Princess Ida, Hilary 2002
The Old Fire Station

The Yeomen of the Guard, Michaelmas 2001
Holywell Music Room

The Pirates of Penzance, Summer 2001
Buxton Opera House

The Mikado, Trinity 2001
Holywell Music Room

The Pirates of Penzance, Hilary 2001
St John’s College Auditorium

The Sorcerer, Michaelmas 2000
Holywell Music Room

Ruddigore, Trinity 2000
Holywell Music Room

HMS Pinafore, Hilary 2000
St John’s College Auditorium

Patience, Michaelmas 1999
Wesley Memorial Church

The Grand Duke, Trinity 1999
Holywell Music Room

Iolanthe, Hilary 1999
The Oxford Playhouse

The Gondoliers, Michaelmas 1998
Holywell Music Room

Ruddigore, Summer 1998
Buxton Opera House

Princess Ida, Trinity 1998
St John’s College Auditorium

The Sorcerer (revival), 1998
St John’s College Auditorium

The Yeomen of the Guard, Hilary 1998
Old Fire Station

The Pirates of Penzance, Michaelmas 1997
Holywell Music Room

The Sorcerer, Summer 1997
Holywell Music Room and Buxton Opera House

Trial By Jury and HMS Pinafore, Trinity 1997
St John’s College Auditorium

Patience, Hilary 1997
St John’s College Auditorium

The Mikado, Michaelmas 1996
Holywell Music Room

The Gondoliers, Trinity 1996
St John’s College Auditorium

Iolanthe, Hilary 1996
St John’s College Auditorium

Ruddigore, Michaelmas 1995
Holywell Music Room

The Pirates of Penzance, Trinity 1995
Holywell Music Room

Princess Ida, Hilary 1995
Oxford Union Debating Chamber

The Yeomen of the Guard, Michaelmas 1994
Holywell Music Room

The Mikado, Trinity 1994
The Oxford Playhouse

The Sorcerer, Hilary 1994
Holywell Music Room

HMS Pinafore, Michaelmas 1993
Holywell Music Room

Iolanthe, Trinity 1993
Oxford Union Debating Chamber

Trial By Jury and highlights, Hilary 1993
Holywell Music Room

Patience, Michaelmas 1992
Holywell Music Room

The Gondoliers, Trinity 1992
Holywell Music Room

Ruddigore, Hilary 1992
The Oxford Playhouse

The Pirates of Penzance and Cox & Box, Michaelmas 1991
Wesley Memorial Church

Princess Ida, Trinity 1991
Holywell Music Room

HMS Pinafore and Trial By Jury, Hilary 1991
Wesley Memorial Church

The Mikado, Michaelmas 1990
Holywell Music Room

The Sorcerer, Trinity 1990
Newman Rooms

The Yeomen of the Guard, Hilary 1990
Holywell Music Room

Iolanthe, Michaelmas 1989
Wesley Memorial Church

Patience, Trinity 1989
Holywell Music Room

The Pirates of Penzance, Hilary 1989
The Oxford Playhouse

Ruddigore, Michaelmas 1988
Holywell Music Room

The Mikado, Trinity 1988
The Oxford Playhouse

The Gondoliers, Hilary 1988
The Oxford Playhouse

HMS Pinafore, Michaelmas 1987
Holywell Music Room

The Sorcerer, Trinity 1987
Holywell Music Room

The Yeomen of the Guard, Hilary 1987
The Oxford Playhouse

Iolanthe, Michaelmas 1986
Holywell Music Room

Patience, Trinity 1986
The Oxford Playhouse

Princess Ida, Hilary 1986
Holywell Music Room

The Pirates of Penzance, Michaelmas 1985
Holywell Music Room

Trial By Jury/Starship Pinafore, Trinity 1985
The Oxford Playhouse

Iolanthe, Trinity 1984
The Oxford Playhouse

The Mikado, Trinity 1983
The Oxford Playhouse

Ruddigore, Trinity 1982
The Oxford Playhouse

The Gondoliers, Trinity 1981
The Oxford Playhouse

Iolanthe, Michaelmas 1980
Holywell Music Room

Patience, Trinity 1980
Lady Margaret Hall Gardens

Princess Ida, Hilary 1979

The Pirates of Penzance, Trinity 1979
The Oxford Playhouse

Iolanthe, Hilary 1978

The Sorcerer, Michaelmas 1977

The Mikado, Trinity 1977
The Oxford Playhouse

The Gondoliers, Trinity 1976
The Oxford Playhouse

Ruddigore, Trinity 1975
The Oxford Playhouse

Patience, Trinity 1974
The Oxford Playhouse

Iolanthe, Trinity 1973
The Oxford Playhouse

Yeomen of the Guard, Trinity 1972
The Oxford Playhouse

Trial By Jury, 1970