Illyria celebrates its quarter-century with another romantic summer opera to leave you with a haunting song in your heart!


Ruddigore is set in the Cornish fishing village of Rederring. Robin Oakapple, a shy young farmer, loves Rose Maybud, a prim student of etiquette.


Eventually he summons the courage to ask for her hand in marriage.  But at the wedding it is revealed that Robin is really Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, heir to the ancestral pile of Ruddigore and consequently subject to its attendant curse: that each Lord of Ruddigore must do an evil deed, every day, or else die an agonising death. 


Rose is horrified and offers herself in marriage to his younger brother.  But how will Robin/Sir Ruthven win her back?  And how can he avoid perpetrating crimes on a daily basis?  When an army of long-dead ancestors emerge from dusty portraits to demand his death might there be some kind of loophole by which he could avoid the ghoulish onslaught, dodge the terms of the curse and marry the girl of his dreams?


Gilbert & Sullivan’s glorious spoof of gothic haunted-house stories gets the complete Illyria treatment.


Expected running time : 2hours (excluding interval of approximately 20 minutes)

The Performers


Illyria tours top quality open-air theatre to the most prestigious and stunning locations throughout the UK and beyond. The name Illyria is synonymous with excellence.


They have won 4 international "Best Performance" awards and attracted numerous "5-star" and "Critics' Choice" reviews for the lively clarity of its to Shakespeare's plays, the high quality of its shows for Families and the refreshing originality of its adaptations of English classics.


In 2011 Illyria raised the bar for the major UK open-air touring theatre companies by becoming the first and only one to add Opera to its regular season.

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