Express Gilbert and Sullivan, Pleasance Theatre

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by Zahid Fayyaz

This is certainly a different one: a whirlwind, 75 minute-long tour through Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operas, with three actors and a pianist in tow to run through all the songs they can fit into that limited time period. Charles Court Opera, a talented and experienced company, do a great job with the songs, with the solo numbers being a particularly wonderful part of the show.

Using a framing device of a spoof murder mystery in an Agatha Christie style (except it’s a cake trolley murdered here instead of a person), the three actors carry out their various, different roles with aplomb. It all serves as an excuse to sing the different characters’ songs in the different operas, of course. The plot really is not the point of this production but it is a lot fun, despite some of the jokes being slightly vintage.

It has a lot of energy and as previously stated, the songs are really wonderfully written and sung. Though the London run is now finished, the production will be going on tour. This accomplished company is worth keeping an eye on, as this show is definitely a treat.

Express Gilbert and Sullivan tours through September.

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