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Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria


Get Engaged Again at Malvern Theatre

After a successful summer soirée at Sassafras, (or maybe you missed out on tickets), join us at Malvern Theatre for a hilarious comedy about the everlasting perils of love, marriage and money.

Cheviot Hill is the central figure of the piece – who is continually falling in love at the drop of a hat. His romantic inconstancy is of intense pecuniary interest to two other men: Belvawney, who receives £1,000 a year as long as Cheviot remains unmarried; and Mr. Symperson, who shall receive £1,000 a year once Cheviot is either wed or dead.

This hilarious farce was the inspiration for Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. It is equally witty, clever, and great fun. It will be performed in the garden, and the living room at The Knowe in Sassafras, next summer. These become the Scottish border and a London salon in this gorgeously funny production, directed by Diana Burleigh, internationally recognised authority on the works of Gilbert & Sullivan.

“Engaged’ is W.S. Gilbert alone, without Sullivan, and it is still outrageously funny” – The Canadian Globe and Mail. 2016

4 Performances
Running time approx 2hrs 30mins

Friday 22nd November 8:15pm
Saturday 23rd November 2:00pm
Saturday 23rd November 8:15pm
Sunday 24th November 2:00pm

Cheviot Hill - Kevin Yap
Belvawney - Benjamin Klein
Mr. Symperson - Andrew Ferguson
Angus MacAlister - Sam Hargreaves
Major McGillicuddy - Ken Knight
Belinda Treherne - Alison Knight
Minnie - Lucinda Halls
Mrs. MacFarlane - Anna Castle
Maggie FacFarlane - Naomi Tooby
Parker - Carmen Hammelmann

Musical accompanist - Geoffrey Urquhart
Production Manager - Ben Klein
Directed by Diana Burleigh

Malvern Theatre
29 Burke Road, East Malvern VIC 3145

Adult: $22 (no concessions) Groups 10+: $20 pp

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GSOV 2019 Season


GSOV 2019

  • ENGAGED - February/March

  • Engaged is a humorous farce with a definite suggestion of the "topsy-turvydom" we expect from the Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas. It pokes fun at the way love is idolised and selfishness is overlooked. Engaged will be produced as a semi-staged production at The Knowe in Sassafras for a strictly limited season of 4 shows in February/March 2019.


  • Die Fledermaus, composed by Johann Strauss II to a libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genee (after Meilhac and Halevy) is returning to Melbourne after a drought of over ten years. With stunning sets and costumes and elegant dances and staging, Die Fledermaus is a favourite with audiences worldwide - mistaken identities, flirtations at a masked ball, elegant frivolities and confusions of all kinds provide a hilarious vehicle for some of the most captivating music ever written. Die Fledermaus will be performed in English, and produced as a fully staged production with an orchestra at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre for a strictly limited season of 5 shows from 25th to 28th of July 2019.

  • COX and BOX with HMS PINAFORE - October

  • Sullivan's first successful comic opera where a landlord lets a room to two lodgers, one who works at night (Mr. Box) and one who works during the day (Mr Cox) is paired with Gilbert & Sullivan’s evergreen comic operetta, HMS Pinafore, which delights audiences with its witty libretto and rollicking score. Set on a navy ship in the days when Britain ruled the waves, HMS Pinafore pokes fun at incompetent politicians, society norms and subconscious bias. This Season will be produced as a fully staged production at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, for a run of 5 shows 4th - 6th October 2019.

  • Return season of ENGAGED - November

  • If you missed out on tickets at Sassafras, here's your best opportunity to see this delightful Gilbert play. Engaged returns with a second season at Malvern Theatre on 22nd - 24th November 2019.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2019 13:11

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