Curtain up on accursed operetta!

THE Vale Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s open at the Court Theatre next week with their spellbinding production of Ruddigore.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 5th June 2012, 11:00 am

Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse, concerns Robin Oakapple (David Patterson), who loves village darling Rose Maybud (Felicity Davies), but dares not pursue her because he is secretly the Baronet of Ruddigore.

Robin has faked his own death, leaving his brother Despard to assume the title and shoulder the family curse - the Baronet must commit at least one crime every day or die a horrible death. It all turns out all right in the end, but not before an appearance by the ghosts of Robin’s ancestors.

Director Brian Rose is dedicating the production to his late son, popular and talented tenor Malcolm Rose, who died last autumn after a brief illness, aged 53.

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The show runs from June 13 to 16 and includes a matinee on the last day. Tickets are available from Pat Rose on 01296 662745 or online at

The society will be performing Half a Sixpence at the Court Theatre, Tring, in November.