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Making Venice great again

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Western Australia is proudly presenting a special season of Gilbert and Sullivan's timeless romantic musical comedy The Gondoliers at Dolphin Theatre, The University of Western Australia from April 26 to May 5, 2018 (9 performances only). Tickets are now on sale.

Set on the sparkling waters of the Grand Canal, The Gondoliers is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's sunniest shows, brimming with romance, young lovers and state secrets!

Love is in the air, and the girls of Venice have gone mad for Marco and Giuseppe, a pair of incredibly handsome, popstar-like serenading, young gondoliers. Meanwhile, a frantic search is on for the heir to a kingdom, who had been hidden in Venice as a young boy. Could one of the gondoliers actually be the long-lost king or just a "king of hearts"?

The first of two major productions presented by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA in 2018, The Gondoliers is directed by acclaimed musical theatre performer, Ian Toyne, who has given the nineteenth-century masterpiece a 1950s makeover.

Toyne said he was thrilled to be directing The Gondoliers for the Society and to bring one of the classics of the musical theatre to life for new generations. "With its hilarious comic plot and outrageous characters, The Gondoliers is an entertaining romp for all ages," he said. "Gilbert's outrageously funny dialogue and lyrics examine the politics of love and the aphrodisiac of power, while Sullivan's romantic lilting music will keep you laughing, toe-tapping and humming long after you've left the theatre."

Musical director Michael Brett has also crafted a full new score which has never been heard before. Written in 1889, Brett notes "The Gondoliers is brimming with beautiful, lyrical melodies. lively tarantella-like rhythms, wonderful solos, stunning small ensemble pieces, and of course the joyousness of the big chorus numbers. It really is a masterpiece."

Brett and a live orchestra will join Ian Toyne and an energetic cast of 25 performers to bring Gilbert and Sullivan's bubbling comic opera to sparkling life.

Tickets for this strictly limited season of The Gondoliers are now on sale and selling fast. Don't miss out. Bookings can be made 24/7 on (no online booking charges) or on 6488 2440 between noon and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Choose from the following performances:

Evening shows: April 26 28, May 2 - 5 @ 7.30pm

Matinees: April 28 and May 5 @ 2pm

Tickets are priced from $19.90 to $59.90

For more information on this exciting family-friendly production in Perth, please visit

Founded in 1951, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Western Australia has produced over 50 productions of Gilbert & Sullivan's extraordinary contribution to musical theatre. Founded by Bernard Manning, the Society is supported by The Gilbert & Sullivan / AN Bullock Trust created in 1983 through the bequest of the late Arnold Bullock. Distinguished entertainer, Max Kay became the Patron of the Society after the late Sir Charles Court. Over seven decades the Society has brought laughter and joy through the comedy and melody of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan to generations of Western Australians.
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When: April 26 - May 5
Where: Dolphin Theatre, University of WA, 35 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands WA 6009
Cost: $19.90 to $59.90
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