Blackwell’s and Opera Anywhere Present Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado & Pirates of Penzance

Blackwell’s Bookshop and Opera Anywhere are proud to present a two week celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, taking place in Blackwell’s world-renowned Norrington Room.

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From Thursday 23rd May until Saturday 1st June, the Philosophy section of the Norrington Room will be transformed into our very own Opera House, as Opera Anywhere perform The Mikado from Thursday 23rd May to Saturday 25th May at 7:30pm and then The Pirates of Penzance from Thursday 30th May until Saturday 1st June at 7:30pm. With talented opera singers performing some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best loved classics, in one of Oxford’s most magical venues, opera enthusiasts and book lovers alike are in for a treat.

Blackwell’s and Opera Anywhere will also be hosting singer’s master-classes, that will concentrate entirely on Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, taking place on Tuesday 21st and Tuesday 28th May at 7:30pm. Budding young soloists will be trying their G&S arias out in 20 minute sessions with members of Opera Anywhere’s professional cast, who will be giving advice and critiques- giving a taster of what is to come in the G&S shows for the rest of the week. Whether you’re an aspiring opera singer yourself, or simply a lover of Gilbert & Sullivan, we’re certain our Gilbert & Sullivan Master-classes will be prove to be fantastically entertaining evenings.

Opera Anywhere are known for performing unique versions of operas, both old and new, in unusual and interesting locations. With over 3 miles worth of books, the Norrington Room will certainly provide the perfect setting for a night of Gilbert & Sullivan’s finest. As Blackwell’s Music Shop has moved over to the flagship Blackwell’s shop on Broad Street, Opera Anywhere’s series of performances form one of the first in what we hope will be a long line of music events in the Norrington Room.

Make sure to book your tickets in advance for what promises to be a spectacular run of performances.

For £5 audience tickets for the Opera Master-classes, book online at or call 0844 8700 887.

Tickets for The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance range from £10 to £16. For the Box Office, please call the Creation Theatre Box Office (number 01865 766266 from 10am-6pm Monday – Friday) or buy online at

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