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The Durham Savoyards, Ltd.’s Virtual Performance of Patience (or, Bunthorne’s Bride) Is a Deliciously Light, Crisp Satire of “Art for Art’s Sake”

The Durham Savoyards, Ltd.’s FREE 2021 production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “poetical, aesthetical, comical operettical” Patience (or, Bunthorne’s Bride) (1881), with music by Sir Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900) and a libretto by Sir William S. Gilbert (1836-1911), is a deliciously light, crisp satire on — of all things — the Aesthetic Movement, which pioneered the… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

The "Princess Ida" cast included (from left) Carl Johnson as Prince Hilarion, Steve Dobbins as Florian, Ben Neufang as Cyril, and Lee Galbreath as Princess Ida

Setting “Princess Ida” in Outer Space Pays Big Comic Dividends for the Durham Savoyards, Ltd.

Brilliantly relocated from a couple of drafty castles in Victorian England to Outer Space by imaginative and resourceful director and choreographer Derrick Ivey, “Princess Ida” refought this uproarious chapter in the Battle of the Sexes in a visually striking futuristic setting cleverly conceived by set designer Richard Diderikse

The "Princess Ida" cast includes (from left) Carl Johnson as Prince Hilarion, Steve Dobbins as Florian, Ben Neufang as Cyril, and Lee Galbreath as Princess Ida

Durham Savoyards, Ltd. Director Derrick Ivey Sets Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Princess Ida” in Outer Space

“I’ve chosen to set ‘Princess Ida’ in Outer Space,” says director Derrick Ivey. “We’re taking mid-20th-century science-fiction movies as our inspiration. The script actually lends itself beautifully to this concept, but it has opened the floodgates in terms of visual possibilities.”