A celebration of Gilbert and Sullivan

Fareham Musical Society's The Mikado - 'Jennie Sharland, Lewis Wilmot and Nicola Matthews
Fareham Musical Society's The Mikado - 'Jennie Sharland, Lewis Wilmot and Nicola Matthews
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For the first time in the south, a festival is being held by amateur dramatics groups to celebrate the well-known theatrical pair Gilbert and Sullivan.

Portsmouth-based Opera Comique is running the week-long event at The Berry Theatre, Hedge End, with other societies Havant Light Opera, Fareham Musical Society, Winchester Operatic Society, Pocket Gilbert and Sullivan and the Southampton Operatic Society.

Running from today until Saturday, The Mikado will be presented on tonight while The Gondoliers will be performed on Tuesday. Wednesday sees Patience on the Hedge End stage, and Friday will be Trial By Jury.

On Saturday, October 5, there will be a performance of The Grand Duke, a pre-concert talk by Roger and Rosemary Wild, and Opera Comique will round off the festival with Yeomen Of The Guard.

Opera Comique was formed in Portsmouth as a charitable trust in 1976. As Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiasts, the members perform together several times each year.

The group has performed at Portsmouth Guildhall and Southsea Castle in the past, as well as other venues in Hampshire, Sussex, Dorset and London.

Tickets: £8, or £6 when booking for two or more performances, from The Berry Theatre, Hedge End, on (01489) 799499 or go to theberrytheatre.co.uk.