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The Gondoliers - presented by Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston


The Society is pleased to present The Gondoliers, one of Gilbert & Sullivan's final works together, on the weekend of July 21st.  Performances are limited to a single weekend as we begin focusing our resources on an exciting new production of The Mikado in 2018.  Even with the shortened schedule, the weekend will feature two matinee performances, adding an afternoon show on Saturday July 22nd in addition to the show that evening, for a total of four performances.

Show dates and times:

    Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m.
    Saturday, July 22 at 2:30 p.m.
    Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m.
    Sunday, July 23 at 2:30 p.m.

The Plot

The story takes place in Venice and the kingdom of Barataria and features vibrant staging and sparkling melodies. Casilda, the 21 year old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Plaza-Toro, was married by proxy at birth to the then-infant son and heir of the exceedingly wealthy King of Barataria. The court's Grand Inquisitor, determined to protect the boy from his erratic father, arranged for the heir to be kidnapped and taken to Venice. There he was placed in the care of a respectable Gondolier who raised him alongside his own son.

This Gondolier's handsome and charming sons, Marco and Giuseppe, now Gondoliers themselves, have recently selected a bride each - Gianetta and Tessa - from their large female following.  They are upset to learn that, as heir apparent to the throne, one of them may have to sacrifice his bride in order to marry Casilda and become the King of Barataria. Casilda is not happy with the situation either as she is in love with Luiz.

As Marco and Giuseppe's father has since died, the only person who can identify the Prince is his childhood nurse, Inez, who is quickly sent for.  In her absence, both Gondoliers decide to sail to Barataria to ascend the throne as joint monarchs, ruling in the spirit of total equality.  

When Inez finally appears, she reveals that neither man is in fact the King's son because when the baby was kidnapped, she substituted her own child in his place. Therefore, the true heir to the throne of Barataria is Luiz. This proves very satisfactory to all parties as the Gondoliers can keep their brides and Casilda can both fulfil the proxy and marry the one she loves.


Come join the fun by buying tickets, or receive preferred seating as a part of our contributor benefits.  See you this summer in Venice!



Group(s): BABC Houston
Organizer Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston


Fri, Jul. 21 - Sun, Jul. 23, 2017
8 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Wortham Center - Cullen Theatre
500 Texas Street
Houston, TX 77002