International Gilbert and Sullivan Festivals to Return to Buxton Next Year

The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and Buxton Opera House have released a joint statement to confirm that the Festival organisers will be back in Buxton next year with a week long programme featuring their professional Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company.  It is expected the programme will open in the Opera House on Tuesday 4 August and run through to Sunday 9 August, with the event featuring three brand new productions of The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzanceand HMS Pinafore.

The agreement was reached last week following detailed negotiations between the two parties. Whilst the Festival itself will remain in Harrogate in 2015, the week celebration in Buxton will again fill the town with Gilbert and Sullivan lovers from the local area and further afield.

“The move from Buxton to Harrogate this year was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make in the 21 years of the Festival,” said Ian Smith of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.

“The economic problems which everyone faced in 2012 and 2013 created major losses for the Festival and to survive we had to make difficult decisions. We are delighted that our agreement with the Opera House means that we have not severed our relationship with Buxton and our many friends and supporters in the town. We will do everything we can to bring in the audiences to fill the Opera House and Hotels and Guests Houses during our tenancy” he added.

Stella McCabe, Interim Chief Executive of Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre welcomed the outcome of the discussions:

“I am delighted that this means that we will be able to offer local enthusiasts and visitors to the town the best Gilbert and Sullivan from the people who have been organising it for the past 20 years. It is a really positive outcome for all parties, we’re looking forward to welcoming Ian and his team back next year, and in this new approach, we have something to build on for the future.”

Further information, on sale dates and booking information will be announced in the coming months.


For more information please contact Jennifer Mather

Press Officer Tel: 01298 72050 email:



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