Not all these events are organised by the Society but may still be of interest to Society members.

19 - 23 February 2017

Literary History Break at the Green Park Hotel, Pitlochry, Scotland: British Theatre from 1880 to 1910, with Richard Moore.

This covers the British stage in the Late Victorian and Edwardian periods. It includes a new look at Gilbert and Sullivan, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, including some new discoveries about their early years. Oscar Wilde plays covered would be The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere’s Fan. Shaw plays would be Widowers’ Houses and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Gilbert and Sullivan would concentrate especially on Patience, Princess Ida and The Grand Duke. Richard will also include a look at Victorian Music Hall and at the Edwardian musical stage, including the rise of musical comedy. There will be a liberal use of good modern recordings, and printed excerpts will be made available. This break will also introduce participants to (for instance) the influence of the Aesthetic Movement and the shock of the new - the latter as Ibsen and Strindberg began to make their voices known. No prior knowledge is required - just a healthy interest!


There is no supplementary charge for single accommodation on any of the hotel's activity breaks, and they can arrange free transport (on arrival and departure) between the hotel and the bus and railway stations.


15 June - 16 October 2016:

Gilbert's Engaged at the Royal George Theatre as part of the prestigious Shaw Festival ( at Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, Canada.

24 November 2016:
At Grim's Dyke Hotel, Harrow Weald: a dramatised concert performance by KAOS (Kingsbury Amateur Operatic Society) of A Most Exclusive Hat, Victor Golding's new adaptation of Gilbert and George Grossmith's Haste to the Wedding, which was based on The Wedding March, Gilbert's translation of the classic Labiche farce Un chapeau de paille d'Italie. This new version includes music by Grossmith, Sullivan, Edward German, Alfred Cellier, Osmond Carr, Edward Solomon and Howard Talbot. Attendance by Donation.
October 2016 onwards:
Comedy writer-performers Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon  have created a new show, Gilbert (No Sullivan), a lively adaptation of three Gilbert short stories and two Bab Ballads. "Staged simply and flexibly, the show is ideal for rural touring and will fit compfortably in almost any small theatre, village hall or community centre." Their show is presently available for venues to book. For more information, see their
Tour details:


1st – Rondo Theatre, St. Saviour’s Road, Bath BA1 6RT – 8pm
6th – Ewerby Reading Room, Main St., Ewerby, Lincs. NG34 9PJ – 8pm
9th – Caistor Town Hall, North Street, Caistor, Lincs. LN7 6QU – 7.30pm
15th – Ovington Village Hall, Church Road, Ovington, Norfolk IP25 6RY – 7.30pm
20th – The Con Club, 139 High St., Lewes BN7 1XS – 8pm
21st – Rodmersham Village Hall, Rodmersham Green, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 0PL*
22nd – St. Paul’s Baptist Church Hall, 2 Beresford Ave., Skegness PE25 3HY – 7.30pm
28th – St. Andrew’s Church, Church Road, Shilton, Warwickshire CV7 9HX – 7.30pm
29th – St. George’s Church, St. George’s Square, Barbourne, Worcester WR1 1HX – 7.30pm


3rd – St. Michael’s and All Angels Church Hall, Victoria Road, Brighton BN1 3DB – 7.30pm
4th – Fifield Parish Hall, High Street, Fifield, Oxfordshire OX7 6HL*
11th – Caunton Dean Hole Community Centre, Manor Road, Caunton NG23 6AD – 7.30pm
12th – Clent Parish Hall, Church Ave., Clent, Worcestershire DY9 9QT – 8pm


10th – Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield, Reading RG7 1QX*
16th & 17th –
Upstairs at The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA – 7.30pm

* Start times tbc


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