Ruddigore, Grenoside Community Centre
Even the undead need to tuck into a good meal occasionally… and that has to be the perfect excuse for joining the Great Sheffield Pie Month!
Grenoside and Birley Carr Players take to the stage from tonight to Saturday with a revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic Ruddigore.
It’s a comic musical tale of family madness, ancient curses and a gallery of ghostly apparitions.
Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse, was the 10th collaboration between the Victorian masters of comic opera.
The show opened in January 1887 at the famous Savoy Theatre and ran for 288 performances, then was revived in 1920 in a cut-down version.
The opera is a parody of melodramas with a villain who carries off the maiden, a poor-but-virtuous-heroine, a hero in disguise and ghosts coming to life to enforce a curse.
Once again, Grenoside and Birley Carr Players are supporting their favourite charity, St Luke’s Hospice.
There will be collections after each performance in support of the Sheffield hospice.
On the last night the cast post-show party will be a pie and pea supper as part of the St Luke’s Great Sheffield Pie Month fundraiser.
“We had a similar event for cast members last year and it was an enormous success,” said the society’s Elizabeth Birkby.
“We’re hoping for just as big a hit this year – and when you see some of the cast in costume you might think they need a good meal!”
For show tickets, call 01226 754462 or visit www.birleycarr grenoside.talktalk.net