The last great Savoy opera in the G&S tradition…

German and Hood’s – Merrie England

March 15, 16, and 17 on the University of Chicago campus

The Opera:

The last great Savoy operetta, Merrie England tells the mostly fictional story of the court of Queen Elizabeth I, who discovers through the machinations of the Machiavellian Earl of Essex that the object of her affections, Sir Walter Raleigh, is engaged in a secret affair with one of her handmaidens, Bessie Throckmorton. Featuring a rich, indulgent score from the appointed successor to Arthur Sullivan, Edward German, this production of Merrie England is a unique chance to introduce modern audiences to a rarely performed gem of the British light opera canon.

Spurring over five hundred amateur productions during Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation year (1953), Sir Edward German’s Merrie England was the first new project launched at the Savoy Theatre after the death of Arthur Sullivan. Featuring masterful wordplay and a lively score in the style made famous by its predecessors, German’s patriotic operetta is a raucously fun tribute to the pioneers of English comic opera.

Click here to meet some of the Merrie England cast.

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$25 general, $5 students, $60 patron (includes a tax-deductible donation), $15 groups of 10+

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