Lindy Hume’s critically acclaimed production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse!, hits the road in 2018, giving regional Queensland the opportunity to jump into the weird and wonderful world of Victoriana. This irreverent romp through marriage, madness and mayhem had Brisbane audiences and reviewers laughing out loud and its colourful bunch of comic characters is sure to resonate with audiences across the state.
Shy and law-abiding, gentleman farmer Robin Oakapple is working up the courage to ask the beautiful Rose Maybud to marry him but he has a dark secret. He is heir to a terrible curse befalling all Baronets of Ruddigore – he must commit a dastardly deed every day or face a tortuous death!
Jam packed with musical gems such as the ‘Matter’ trio and Rose’s ‘Etiquette’ song, Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse! will tour with the same cast members that had Brisbane audiences standing on their feet – Bryan Probets, Christine Johnston, Kanen Breen, Jason Barry-Smith, Roxane Hislop and Natalie Christie Peluso as Rose Maybud.
Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse! tours Queensland in August, starting at the Gold Coast and moving on to Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba.
Images by Stephen Henry
GOLD COAST 3 & 4 AUGUST ROCKHAMPTON 8 AUGUST MACKAY 11 AUGUST TOWNSVILLE 15 AUGUST CAIRNS 18 AUGUST TOOWOOMBA 23 AUGUST
Conductor Roland Peelman Director Lindy Hume Set & Costume Designer Richard Roberts Assistant DirectorSean Andrews Lighting Designer Andrew Meadow Original Choreography Rosetta Cook
Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd/Robin Oakapple Bryan Probets Rose Maybud Natalie Christie Peluso Richard Dauntless Kanen Breen Sir Despard Murgatroyd Jason Barry-Smith Old Adam Shaun Brown Mad Margaret Christine Johnston Dame Hannah Roxane Hislop Sir Roderic Mugatoryd Andrew Collis Zorah Katie Stenzel
OperaQ Community Choruses (Gold Coast, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba)
Queensland Symphony Orchestra Ensemble
Sung in English.
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes in duration including a 20 minute interval.
This regional tour is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.