Enjoy a sing-along with Gilbert and Sullivan

The Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will be a week-long celebration of classic operetta
The Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will be a week-long celebration of classic operetta
As You Like It, with Jessica Hayles centre. Picture by Keith Pattison

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Comic opera fans have a lot to look forward to next week as a week-long festival of Gilbert and Sullivan opens at the Berry Theatre.

The Hedge End Venue is set to host five days of rousing operetta performances by local amateur Gilbert and Sullivan companies performed with keyboard accompaniment.

The week-long festival opens on Monday with the Pirates of Penzance performed by Opera Comique, followed by Gondoliers performed by CAOS Musical Productions on Tuesday.

There are no performances on Wednesday but on Thursday audiences can enjoy Iolanthe performed by Havant Light Opera and on Friday Opera Comique return with their version of Princess Ida.

The week culminates in a truly unique performance that welcomes audience participation. On Saturday October 4, from 8am-11pm audiences are invited to take part in an all-day Gilbert and Sullivan Sing-In covering all of the pair’s operettas (excluding Grand Duke and Utopia Ltd.) in chronological order. This will be non-costumed and each operetta will be led by a society with principals agreed in advance of the day – but anyone is welcome to sing in the chorus for part or all of the day.

Tickets for any of the weekday performances at the festival cost £8 or £7 per show when you buy for two or more shows, while tickets for the Saturday Sing In cost £5 for an all-day pass.

For more information or to book tickets call (023) 8065 2333 or visit theberrytheatre.co.uk