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Ruddigore at West Road

posted 13 Jan 2018, 05:01 by Jonatan Rostén   [ updated 13 Jan 2018, 05:09 by Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society ]

Will Robin escape his family’s curse? Or will his ghostly ancestors keep him from his love? Find out as CUG&S brings the spooktacular comic opera Ruddigore to West Road Concert Hall this February.

Visit the show website at or book tickets at!

A terrible curse condemns each Baronet of Ruddigore to commit one dastardly crime per day or perish in inconceivable agony. Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, 22nd Baronet, has gone into hiding to avoid the curse and now lives in a Cornish fishing village where, disguised as the young farmer Robin Oakapple, he has fallen in love with the fair Rose Maybud. His prospects are ruined when his foster brother Dick Dauntless betrays him to Sir Despard Murgatroyd, the acting baronet. Ruthven is forced to take on both the baronetcy and its curse, enforced by an entire portrait gallery of his ghostly ancestors.

Ruddigore is a hilarious operatic satire of Victorian melodrama. Despite the sinister backdrop, you’ll find all the laughs and silliness you’d expect from G&S, combined with some of Sullivan’s most majestic music.

Patience at Minack!

posted 3 Feb 2017, 06:27 by Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society   [ updated 3 Feb 2017, 06:32 ]

Come audition/apply to join CUG&S at the Minack theatre this summer in Gilbert and Sullivan's brilliant satire of the Victorian aesthetic movement, Patience. 
Information about auditions is here:
Applications for all technical roles are now open, please see for more information.

55th Anniversary Ball!

posted 27 Sep 2016, 06:48 by Jonatan Rostén   [ updated 9 Oct 2016, 09:56 ]

Dear GnSers, 
As many of you know, the 55th Anniversary Ball is coming up! It's going to be an amazing evening of singing, dancing and food, held at lovely Girton College. Alumni and current students are all welcome so don't miss this very special evening. Places are very limited, so book now! You can find out more here: and details on tickets can be found here:
See you all there!

Best of G&S concert!

posted 27 May 2016, 11:00 by Jonatan Rostén   [ updated 27 May 2016, 11:03 ]

The G&S society warmly welcomes you to a concert of the very best of Gilbert and Sullivan arias and songs! Bring your friends and family and enjoy this concert of highlights from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas!

Tickets can be found here:

Princess Ida singthrough

posted 9 May 2016, 03:08 by Jonatan Rostén

Greetings fellow GnSers,
Join us in the Larkum studio at the ADC theatre 7pm this evening (Monday 9th May) for a merry sing through of Gilbert and Sullivan's Princess Ida. It's a great opera with many good tunes and a marvellous act 2 finale! This will be a lovely relaxed evening of singing and a great excuse to take a break from revision to spend a few hours in the best company there is!

HMS Pinafore at West Road Concert Hall

posted 5 May 2016, 04:10 by Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society

As some of you may know, CUG&S are incredibly lucky to have a regular slot at the fantastic West Road Concert Hall in Lent Term. Next year will be our fourth performance for which we have selected the hugely popular HMS Pinafore! With rousing anthems, gorgeous arias and themes of love, loss, class and rank, Pinafore is widely regarded as one of the best of Gilbert and Sullivan's operas and we are delighted to have the opportunity to perform it as such a large scale spectacle at this incredible venue! The show will run in Week 3 of Lent Term (week beginning Monday 6th February 2017).

Applications are currently open for ProducerDirector and Musical Director. Please send all applications to the Secretary, Harley, at, including why you should be considered for the role, ideas you have for the show and any relevant experience you have. The deadline for applications is 10pm on Sunday 15th May. Interviews will take place shortly after this date. If you have any questions about the show or would like to apply but are unable to submit a formal application at this time (e.g. due to exams) please email Harley at

Best of G&S concert

posted 29 Apr 2016, 08:17 by Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society

We are delighted to announce that on Thursday 16th June CUG&S will be staging a concert in Great St Mary's Church from 7pm. The evening will be jam-packed full of the very best arias, madrigals, choruses and patter songs selected from all of Gilbert and Sullivan's works and will feature a large chorus and orchestra to accompany the most talented soloists the society has to offer! We are immeasurably excited by this project and cannot wait for all of you to be involved!

Applications are currently open for the following roles: Musical DirectorAssistant Musical DirectorDirector andPublicity Designer. If you would like to be considered for any of these positions, please send a short application detailing your relevant experience to the Producer, Jon, at Please be aware that rehearsals in the church will be in the afternoon on the day of the concert in order to minimise conflicts with other May Week events.

Be sure to mark the date in your diary for a magical evening you will never forget!

Sister Abigail

posted 29 Apr 2016, 08:16 by Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Sister Abigail (Week 4, 18th-21st May, ADC Late Show) is looking for chorus members and orchestral players!

This irreverent new comic opera tells the story of sisters Caroline and Abigail - one a Princess, the other a novice. An official visit causes their paths to cross, just as Abigail and her fellow novices resolve to escape the cloister and return to their former lives. With melodies merry and melancholy, and an all-female cast, Sister Abigail is the best opera about two nuns in a bath you will ever see!

The orchestra will require relatively low rehearsal commitment (one two hour call and a dress rehearsal on the 11th May), and is currently in need of strings, wind and brass.

Contact the Musical Director, James, on with your name and instrument or voice part.

24h Sing through

posted 21 Apr 2016, 15:53 by Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society   [ updated 22 Apr 2016, 06:27 ]

Hello Opera enthusiasts!
Come join us for a 24 hour sing through in St Luke's this weekend! From 9:30 Saturday (April 23rd), we'll be singing through all of the GnS operas! 
This is the order:

Princess Ida
Grand Duke
The Sorcerer
Trial by Jury
Pirates of Penzance

Come along and sing your hearts out!

Mikado Auditions!

posted 1 Mar 2016, 02:55 by Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society   [ updated 3 Mar 2016, 07:13 ]

We are going to put one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most famous and loved works at the amazing Minack theatre in Cornwall, and auditions are taking place this week!

For the audition, please prepare a song of your choice. We will have the full compliment of Gilbert and Sullivan scores but please do bring your own sheet music if you would like to perform something else.

Auditions will be held at the following times:
- Wed 02 Mar, 4:00pm-7:00pm, Fraser Room, Trinity College
- Thu 03 Mar, 2:00pm-5:00pm, Practice Room 6, Trinity College
- Fri 04 Mar, 3:00pm-6:00pm, Fraser Room, Trinity College

Edit: Auditions are postponed. More information will appear as it becomes available!

For more information or any questions, email the Producer, Lewis, at

We hope to see you all there!

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