GIlbert & Sullivan Festival


Each year, Buxton hosts a week of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival prior to the main festival which is now hosted in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. In 2018, the festival celebrated its 25th year.

With productions by the National G&S Opera Company and visiting group Derby G&S Opera Company, accompanied by the National Festival Orchestra, the 2018 programme for Buxton, ran from 31st July to 5th August, included The Pirates of Penzance, Ruddigore, Haddon Hall, The Mikado and Trial by Jury & the Sorcerer.


2019 Festival

The 2019 festival is happening on Wednesday 24th July to Monday 29th July and this year includes a fringe programme and nightly Festival Club with cabaret, quizzes and bar. Venue details will be confirmed soon.


G&S Performances

  • The Mikado, National G&S Opera Co – Wed 24, 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Mon 29, 7.30pm
  • The Gondoliers, National G&S Opera Co – Thur 25, 7.30pm; Sun 28, 7.30pm
  • Princess Ida, Trent Opera – Fri 26, 7.30pm
  • The Yeomen of the Guard, National G&S Opera Co – Sat 27, 2.30pm
  • HMS Pinafore, Charles Court Opera – Sat 27, 7.30pm
  • The Pirates of Penzance, National G&S Opera Co – Sun 28, 2.30pm


Fringe Events

  • Q&A with Festival Director Ian Smith, 10.30am, Thur 25 July
  • In Conversation with Richard Stuart, 10.30am, Fri 26 July
  • Mr Matt Siveter, 2.30pm, Fri 26 July
  • Sullivan’s ‘Light of the World‘ with Martin Yates, Chair of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society, 10.30am, Sat 27 July
  • Noon 2K Charity Walk in the Pavilion Gardens, 12.30pm, Sat 27 July
  • Church Service at St John’s Church, 10.30am, Sun 28 July
  • In Conversation with Sarah Helsby Hughes, 10.30am, Mon 29 July
  • Film screening of ‘Iolanthe‘, National G&S Opera Company 2018 production
  • Film screening of ‘Yeoman of the Guard‘ 1994 from the first G&S Festival in Buxton


Tickets are available from the Buxton Opera House Box Office. For more information, see their website.

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