The Pittsburgh Savoyards open their 82nd season this October with Gilbert and Sullivan’s spookiest operetta, Ruddigore.
A satirical take on the Victorian Melodrama genre, Ruddigore, or the Witch’s Curse, has a zany plot with it all—ghosts, witches, curses, disguises, and even a wicked villain who tries to make off with the fair maiden. All of the Baronets of the locale of Ruddigore are under a terrible curse enacted by a witch long ago—each of the successive Baronets must commit some kind of a crime every single day, or else they will die in terrible agony. Robin Oakapple has been living as a farmer for years, working up the courage to ask the beautiful village maiden Rose Maybud for her hand, but he is hiding a secret: he is actually Sir Ruthven, the Baronet of Ruddigore, and has been hiding in disguise while his younger brother Despard assumed the title—and the curse. Betrayed by his foster-brother Richard, Robin is discovered and must take on the responsibility of committing a crime every day in order to appease the curse—and the ghosts of all his ancestors past, who are none too happy with his attempt to shirk his title. Robin must somehow find a way to lead the honest life he loves… but how?
Music Director – Guy Russo
Stage Director – Michael McFaden
General Admission ticketing is $23-25, depending on when the ticket is purchased. Discounts are available for preteens, seniors, and groups. ($12-$20)
2019/10/11 - 2019/10/20
Additional time info:
All performances are at 8pm, except for the Sunday matinees which are at 2:30pm.
Join us on opening night (October 11), and you’ll also be invited to join us for a special post-performance reception!