The Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society exists to put on high-quality productions of (mostly) the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, and to provide an opportunity for singers, actors, dancers, musicians, directors, producers, designers and techies from all levels of experience to showcase their skills.
The shows strike a balance between musical theatre and opera, so enthusiasts and performers of both styles regularly participate. We put on at least four productions a year with differing levels of commitment:
- The Michaelmas show is a great opportunity for freshers to get involved in their first production in Cambridge, but roles are open to all years! Lots of existing members also enjoy taking part in these productions and getting to know the new members.
- The Mainshow in Lent Term at West Road Concert Hall is our biggest production in Cambridge. This spacious venue offers ample opportunity for large cast and energetic choreography, with a grand set and ambitious lighting design to match.
- The May Week show provides a much-needed break from revision and exams! While sometimes in a theatre auditorium, we also make the most of the (hopefully) lovely weather and perform in a beautiful college garden, or, every other year, on a floating punt stage on the River Cam!
- We are fortunate enough to have a regular slot at the prestigious Minack Theatre on the cliffs of Porthcurno in Cornwall. This is a unique and incredible experience living, rehearsing and socialising together. We perform to around 5000 people at this idyllic and dramatic venue, and it never fails to be an impressive spectacle, especially thanks to the traditional fireworks display!
Our productions receive high praise, frequently being compared to those of professional companies.
The society also enjoys a vibrant social life, including regular singthroughs of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, pub trips, picnics, and the occasional ball! Anyone can come along to our social events, whether you're involved in every production, an enthusiastic audience member, or just want to meet new people!
Our high-standard productions and lively social life make CUGSS what it is today: a musical, friendly and most importantly, fun society where everyone is welcome!