THANKFULLY they don’t get too many maidens kidnapped in Penistone these days.
But this Saturday the Paramount will host just such scenes along with thwarted romance, dangerous secrets and moustache-twirling supervillainy.
For one night only the Penistone venue is hosting gothic melodrama Ruddigore – an enduring Victorian helping of music and mirth, this time served by the popular cast of West Yorkshire Savoyards.
Their touring production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera remains true to its origins, charting the heir to the baronetcy of Ruddigore who is cursed to commit an evil deed daily, or else die in anguish.
Cue a great showcase for Sullivan’s musical dexterity, including some of the best music he ever wrote, in a production from ex D’Oyly Carter professional Alistair Donkin.
The Yorkshire-based touring company specialises in rousing productions of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas and has the backing o TV presenter and gardener Alan Titchmarsh, in his third year as president of The West Yorkshire Savoyards.
“The works of Gilbert and Sullivan continue to inspire and amuse generation after generation of music-lovers and theatre-goers, and the Savoyards continue to enthrall their audiences,” he says.
The cast is led by popular local actor and director Graham Weston, in the shoes of Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, living in hiding under the assumed name of Robin Oakapple.
Tickets, priced £13/£11, available from the box office on 01226 767532.