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Did you know?

  • We first performed "RUDDIGORE" in 1953 in Hanover Street Congregational Church school hall (long since demolished).
  • "Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse" was the 10th collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan. The "supernatural opera" opened on January 21, 1887 at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 288 performances. It was not revived until 1920 when it was substantially cut and provided with a new overture arranged by Geoffrey Toye.
  • Take a look at our previous productions of "Ruddigore".

    2013 2002 1987 1975 1963 1953.

Ruddigore Poster

In 2024 we will be performing


At Batley Town Hall

Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th April at 7.15pm
Saturday 27th April at 2.15pm

Directed by David Hall

Musical Direction by Richard Buxton

A witch’s curse, a thwarted courtship, an assumed identity and the irksome business of committing daily acts of wickedness. Could amost be a 21st century soap.....

The opera is a parody of the stock melodrama — the villain who carries off the maiden; the priggishly good-mannered poor-but-virtuous-heroine; the hero in disguise, and his faithful old retainer who dreams of their former glory days; the snake in the grass who claims to be following his heart; the wild, mad girl; the swagger of fire-eating patriotism; ghosts coming to life to enforce a curse; and so forth. But as one critic noted, Gilbert turns the moral absolutes of melodrama upside down: Good becomes bad, bad becomes good, and heroes take the easy way out.

You can now book tickets for "RUDDIGORE" by
calling our Booking Manager
on 07810 447183 or use the booking form (see link below).

Booking Form Seating Plan