March 15, 16, and 17 in Mandel Hall at The University of Chicago

German and Hood’s – Merrie England


The approach of our 60th year has given us an opportunity to reflect on how vibrant, joyful and full of life our productions of the traditional Savoy operas are now, nearly 150 years after Gilbert and Sullivan began their historic collaboration. These two visionaries revolutionized an art form, and our Company has been honored to champion their enduring legacy.

With that legacy in mind, we are thrilled to announce that this year we will expand the traditional canon to present German and Hood’s Merrie England as our 2019 spring production! Merrie England was the last great Savoy opera written in the G&S tradition. It’s a sparkling collaboration between librettist Basil Hood (who may be known to modern audiences for the official English translation of Lehar’s The Merry Widow as well as his moderately successful collaborations with Sullivan) and composer Edward German, Sullivan’s appointed (and worthy) successor.