Attention all lovers of Gilbert and Sullivan! Shearings is proud to present the opportunity to experience the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in the elegant Yorkshire town of Harrogate. Experience exhilarating performances, absorb the atmosphere of the festival and learn more about the festival with an included, insightful talk from a member of the festival team!
Tickets to the following performances of the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival at the Royal Hall are included on this break:
The Yeoman Of The Guard performed by Forbear! Theatre.
Iolanthe performed by Charles Court Opera.
Forbear! Theatre is known for producing innovative Gilbert and Sullivan shows with both precise singing and outstanding choreography. Forbear! wowed audiences at the last year’s Festival and we are looking forward to their brand-new production of The Yeomen of the Guard.
The Yeomen of the Guard is set in the Tower of London. Colonel Fairfax is wrongly accused of sorcery, imprisoned in the Tower and sentenced to be beheaded within the hour. To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser he secretly marries strolling gypsy, Elsie Maynard. Jester Jack Point is also in love with Elsie but agrees to the marriage knowing that Fairfax will soon be executed. However, Fairfax escapes, throwing the Tower into confusion and setting in motion a number of intriguing plot twists ending in tragedy for one of the players. The Yeomen of the Guard is perhaps the most emotionally engaging of the canon and many consider the score to be Sullivan’s finest.
Iolanthe performed by Charles Court Opera.
Charles Court Opera has been described as one of the leading and most versatile chamber opera and music theatre companies in the UK. This year they return to Harrogate with an enchanting - and timely - production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s sharp satire of power, privilege and parliamentary democracy. Directed by John Savournin, this witty and magical operetta tells a tale of forbidden love causing an absurdist fusion of two worlds - the magical fairies of Fairyland and a bamboozled House of Peers. With some of Sullivan’s most stunning music brought to life by Musical Director David Eaton, Iolanthe promises to be an evening of first class entertainment and riotous fun
The Country Living Hotel St George is a magnificent Georgian property at the heart of beautiful Harrogate.
The hotel has been designed in conjunction with the team at Country Living Magazine, the UK’s best-selling home interest magazine.
Rooms have been designed with relaxing surroundings, comfy sofas, cosy beds and stylish bathrooms to offer you total relaxation and an escape from the everyday. Country Living has worked with talented chefs to create delicious menus, using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients, with some recipes inspired by features from the magazine.
Of course the hotel has retained the original features it is blessed with, such as the beautiful Georgian facade and high ceilings, all of which adds to fantastic styling of the Country Living Hotel St George.
The hotel is ideally located in the centre of Harrogate, five minutes from Bettys tea rooms and the beautiful Valley Gardens on foot..
Head out of Harrogate and you can easily discover the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales which begin nearby, villages such as Malham and Grassington have a classic beauty and the rolling green hills in between are characteristic for their drystone walls and abundant livestock.
Fantastic cities are also in easy reach with cosmopolitan Leeds and historic York both great nearby options for a day trip.
Half Dayto Knaresborough, a delightful picturesque market town, perched high above the River Nidd, and filled with olde worlde charm.
Full day to glorious York, allowing ample time for sightseeing. Still surrounded by its ancient walls, history comes alive in its higgledy-piggledy streets and the magnificent minster, which towers over the whole city.
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