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A Night at the Opera

Barn Theatre 25 Bluehouse Lane, OXTED, RH8 0AA, United Kingdom
Event Start Date: 24/11/2021 19:45 - 22:15

A Night at the Opera, including Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical: Less Miserable brought to you by New Aquarian Opera from the 24th – 26th November at 7.45pm.

This award-winning new show, written by Susan Ellerby, tells the story of the world's longest running musical, using songs taken entirely from the Gilbert and Sullivan canon but with a few Gilbertian plot twists, to make it Less Miserable!

This will be the first production since its award-winning debut at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. Imagine Gilbert in heaven bragging that, as fathers of the modern musical, all new musicals are basically just variations on their own plots. Sullivan challenges him to tell the story of the world's longest running musical using only their own songs. Gilbert agrees, but only if he can make some changes to ensure an implausibly happy ending! Expect all the Gilbertian elements: an abandoned baby, ridiculous disguises, and love at first sight, alongside music from all the Savoy Operas and many opportunities for the usual silly dances!

Less Miserable will be performed alongside a short concert of opera and operetta highlights. Tickets costing £12.00 – £17.00 are available from


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