MUGSS presents The Grand Duke, 27th February - 2nd March 2013 at The Royal Northern College of Music

MUGSS proudly presents Gilbert and Sullivan's last masterpiece: The Grand Duke. We join our heroes in 1750(ish) in the German town of Pfennig Halbpfennig, and revolution is in the air as the town's theatrical troupe try to overthrow the corrupt and intensely disliked ruler The Grand Duke. All that can stand in the way of their success is love, jealousy and ... sausage rolls?

The music sparkles throughout with wonderful melodies and great orchestration. So join MUGSS as we transform the RNCM opera theatre into 18th Century Bavaria.

Director: Joel Fisher, Musical Director: James Hendry

Tickets are available through the RNCM Box Office, 01619075555 or

Praise for last year's show, H.M.S. Pinafore:

"Vocals were incredibly impressive ... well held melodies and annunciation, the central characters provided an undoubtedly strong and unwavering performance" - Hannah Lawrence, The Mancunion

"The yearly production by this long-standing group is always well-supported by those who enjoy good entertainment and the often welcome diversion to conventional staging of G & S operas set to Sullivan's traditional scores.... A bright and exuberant opening sailors' mixed chorus gained one's complete attention with the excellent quality of singing that was held throughout.... The soloists were strong and the ensemble singing was truly excellent throughout, the chorus often finishing numbers on an ending note an octave higher than written... The orchestra was excellent and James Hendry set a lively pace throughout, introducing a few extra rallentandos that worked for my ears." - Raymond J Walker, Seen and Heard International

"My colleague and I were in elite company when we attended the 60th main show by MUGSS, a glittering performance of HMS Pinafore and The Sailors' Farewell... You don't have to be of high rank to enjoy the performance... They dance, sing and speak throughout with gusto rewarded by laughs and claps from the audience." - Julie Taylor,

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