Sheffielder John is certainly the king of the Pirates on stage!

Sheffield-born baritone John Savournin
Sheffield-born baritone John Savournin
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Other highlights of the Buxton event include a Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company staging of The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Sheffielder John Savournin.

The young baritone, who has appeared at the festival from being a schoolboy, also plays the Pirate King in the production on Saturday (July 27) and Sunday.

It’s also in a double bill with Trial by Jury on August 4.

He covered the role recently while in the chorus for a Scottish Opera production.

John once again directs the festival’s youth production, which is also Pirates!

That production is on August 3.

Other G&S Opera Company productions in Buxton are Iolanthe and Princess Ida which also find their director, Simon Butteriss, directing himself as the Lord Chancellor and King Gama, respectively.

Iolanthe is on August 2 and 4 and Princess Ida is on August 16 and 17.

Richard Gauntlett, who plays the Major-General, also appears in a pro-production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow at the festival.

That is directed and conducted by Andrew Nicklin, starring G&S favourites such as Richard Suart and Ian Belsey.

The Merry Widow makes her appearance on the final night of the festival, which is August 17.

Two further professional G&S productions are a Mikado and HMS Pinafore from Lyric Opera Ireland.

Their Mikado is on August 9 and 10 and their version of HMS Pinafore follows on August 11.

Trial by Jury (August 10)and The Grand Duke (July 28) are among six G&S works being put on by university G&S societies as part of a huge Fringe programme in the Pavilion Arts Centre and adjacent Octagon.

It also includes a staging of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld from the Budapest Liszt Academy students (August 16).

Several Youth Festival performances are taking part in a competition during the festival.

You can enjoy G&S almost round the clock and other fringe events include concerts, masterclasses, lectures and productions of lesser-known works by Gilbert & Sullivan.

There’s even a G&S Memorabilia Fair that will take place on Saturday August 10 for enthusiastic collectors.

For full listings, go to http://gsfestivals.org/