Utopia, Limited

17 Jul 2020
Utopia, Limited 17 Jul 2020
Friday 17th July

Gilbert & Sullivan
Utopia, Limited

Gilbert & Sullivan’s penultimate opera, Utopia, Limited, was written immediately after The Gondoliers. Here, with an updated libretto by director Stuart Maunder and a revised musical version by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark, it is given its Scottish Opera premiere and the airing it so deserves.

 Satirising the conceits of the mighty British Empire, its politics, monarchy and press, Utopia, Limited is as incisive now as ever it was. On the island of Utopia, in the far south seas, King Paramount dreams of England. But his hope to ‘civilise’ his people by adopting English ways backfires, and all turns out to be decidedly less civilised than expected…

Full of sparkling wit, Utopia, Limited is packed with show-stopping patter, brilliant choruses and music that is, at times, of almost Verdian beauty. Performed by the cast of The Gondoliers.

 Opera in Concert

A new co-production with D’Oyly Carte Opera & State Opera South Australia

Hackney Empire

£29 – £10   (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)


Running time approx. 2 hrs 40 mins

Sung in English with English supertitles

Cast & Creative Team

Derek Clark Conductor
Stuart MaunderDirector
Dick BirdSet & Costume Designer
Paul Keogan Lighting Designer
Yvette LeeChoreographer
William Morgan
Mark Nathan
Sioned Gwen Davies
Sarah Pring
Richard Suart
Ben McAteer
Charlie Drummond
Arthur Bruce

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