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From the 1901 production










From the 1904 production  


Director - A Knight Craighead 

Musical Director  - George W Lingard



Director - John S Brewster  

Musical Director - George W Lingard



Director - John S Brewster  and A K Craighead

Musical Director - George W Lingard



Director - John S Brewster  

Musical Director -Reg de la Haye




 Music by Arthur Sullivan (orchestrated by Peter Murray)  
Lyrics and Libretto by W.S. Gilbert  

The Story

At birth, Casilda, the 21 year old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Plaza-Toro, was married by proxy to the then infant son and heir of the exceedingly wealthy King of Barataria. Unfortunately, the King became a rather bigoted Wesleyan Methodist, and the Grand Inquisitor, determined that such a trend should not continue, arranged for the heir to be kidnapped and taken to Venice. There he was placed in the care of a respectable Gondolier who raised him alongside his own son. Now Gondoliers themselves, his 'sons', Marco and Giuseppe, have recently selected a bride each - Gianetta and Tessa - from their large female following and are, therefore, upset to learn that, as heir apparent to the throne, one of them may have to sacrifice his bride in order to marry Casilda. She is not happy with the situation either as she is in love with Luiz. As Marco and Giuseppe's 'father' has since died, the only person who can identify the Prince is Inez who was his childhood nurse. When called upon to make her judgment she reveals that neither is in fact the King's son because when the baby was kidnapped she substituted her own child in his place. Therefore, the true heir to the throne of Barataria is Luiz. This proves very satisfactory to all parties as the Gondoliers can keep their brides and Casilda can both fulfill the proxy and marry the one she loves.   

What the Papers Said


Evening Dispatch -"To say that the performance of "The Gondoliers" at the Theatre Royal last night was a wonderfully good one for an amateur combination would not be sufficient praise for the work of the Southern Light Opera Company"

Evening News -" From the Merriment of "The Mikado" to the gaiety of "The Gondoliers" is an easy operatic leap, and the Southern Light Opera Company, in essaying the latter Opera for the first time at the Theatre Royal last night before an audience that filled the house" 


"From the very first the principals and the chorus were extremely successful, and all the members who took part - even in the very small parts - deserve more than a passing word of commendation for the successful efforts they made to maintain a standard much higher than that which would be applied to any amateur performances"

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The Music Includes:

In Enterprise Of Martial Kind
I Stole The Prince
When A Merry Maiden Marries
Then One Of Us
Take A Pair Of Sparkling Eyes


Southern Light Opera Company 2005