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Durham Savoyards’ Version of G&S’s Thespis and Trial by Jury Provide a Sweet Escape

Founded in 1963 and named for London’s Savoy Theatre, the Durham Savoyards, Ltd. have achieved the commendable task of staging the entirety of Gilbert & Sullivan’s canon, except the apocryphal Thespis, or the Gods Grown Old, whose score had been long lost. A new score, 12 years in the making, has been delivered by Triangle… Read More ›

Durham Savoyards’ Performance of “Utopia Limited” Captivates Queen Victoria (and Her Subjects)

“Corporations are people!” may be current, but the concept of limited legal exposure and a certain degree of personhood in the organization of business was the subject of the penultimate collaboration between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. In Utopia, Limited, or The Flowers of Progress, which premiered in October 1893, Zara, the daughter of the… Read More ›

The cast includes (from left) Mary Elisabeth Hirsh as Mabel, Jim Burnette as The Pirate King, Stuart Albert as Major-General Stanley, Elizabeth A. Clark as Ruth, and Kenny Cruz (photo by Joe Cohn)

Sail Ho Ho Ho: Durham Savoyards Delight with Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”

The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. are celebrating their Golden Anniversary this year as the Triangle’s foremost purveyor of jaunty Gilbert & Sullivan comic operettas. Their latest contribution to the Triangle theater scene is a rollicking rendition of The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, which had its world premiere in December 1879 in New… Read More ›