The Savoy Opera Company Inc have been presenting Gilbert and Sullivan shows for over 40 years. It is the sole repertoire and foundation of the company which in turn assures the highest level of representation of these works.

HMS Pinafore poster from 1879Over the years, Savoy have staged every well known (and some not so well known) Gilbert and  Sullivan shows, and have become masterfully innovative in re-using costumes, props and stage elements for their productions. Nothing is ever thrown away and it is thanks to the many brilliant minds behind each production that makes each show an enjoyable yet fresh trip to the theatre.

Gilbert and Sullivan are widely recognised as the most successful and enduring songwriting team of the 19th century. William Schwenck Gilbert was the lyricist and Arthur Seymour Sullivan the composer. They were first brought together in 1871 by producer John Hollinshead with the show Thespis. This was the prelude to the successful collaboration that is known today as Gilbert and Sullivan. Indeed the man responsible for this duo’s partnership, which spanned a quarter century and 14 comic operas, was impresario and producer Richard D’Oyly Carte. He built the theatre that would promote their work, The Savoy Theatre -which came toTrial By Jury Magazine illustration from 1875 be known as The Savoy Operas- and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. We must note the origin of the name Savoy and recognize the men that pioneered the way for Musical Theatre we know today.


Gilbert and Sullivan are about to grace our stage again, with a double bill presentation of Trial By Jury and HMS Pinafore in the April/May production. These two shows are among the most popular shows in the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire.

Savoy Opera Company Inc is delighted to invite you to our 2011 production, performed at the Alexander Theatre, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton.

Performances are on 30th April, 6th May and 7th May at 8 p.m.

and in a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday 7th May 2011.