The Oxford Gilbert & Sullivan Society is devoted to the appreciation and performance of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, writers of comic opera during the Victorian era. The shows sit somewhere between grand opera and musical theatre, but being catchy, lively, slightly absurd, they essentially form a genre of their own. You can find much more about them and their music than you ever wanted to know here.
The society is one of Oxford’s oldest and most prestigious, officially dating back to 1927, although it existed unofficially for some years before then. Our alumni include national directors and conductors, and the society was featured in the Oscar-winning film, ‘Chariots of Fire’. We have performed in numerous prominent locations, from the Oxford Playhouse to the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, held every year in Buxton.
We are the most active dramatic society in Oxford, committed to putting on a production of a Savoy Opera every term.
MICHAELMAS – our Fresher’s show, aiming to get Freshers involved in the society
HILARY – our biggest, most elaborate production of the year
TRINITY – a smaller show for anyone who isn’t doing exams!
We also hold weekly social events for our members, usually a sing-through of one of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas. The previous term’s show is usually sung through cross-cast, and the next term’s show is previewed. See our termcard for dates.
The society often holds smaller concerts of G&S favourites, performing in such locations as St Michael’s at the North Gate church. There is a biennial marathon going non-stop through the entire G&S canon. We also hold an annual white-tie society dinner in Trinity Term, usually with a guest speaker.