by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Premiered at the Savoy Theatre, London UK on 7 December 1889
From Friday, March 19
until FRIDAY, April 9, 2021
The twelfth collaboration between composer Arthur Sullivan and librettist W.S. Gilbert, The Gondoliers (or The King of Barataria) tells the story of two charming Venetian gondoliers, Giuseppe and Marco, who are informed that due to an error of identity when they were young boys, one of them is the heir to the throne of Barataria.
At birth, Casilda, the 21 year old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Plaza-Toro, was married by proxy to the then infant son and heir of the exceedingly wealthy King of Barataria. Unfortunately, the King became a rather bigoted Wesleyan Methodist, and the Grand Inquisitor, determined that such a trend should not continue, 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. Now Gondoliers themselves, his 'sons', Marco and Giuseppe, have recently selected a bride each - Gianetta and Tessa - from their large female following and are, therefore, upset to learn that, as heir apparent to the throne, one of them may have to sacrifice his bride in order to marry Casilda. She 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 Inez who was his childhood nurse. When called upon to make her judgement she reveals that neither 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.
* Member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
Music Director and Conductor: Derek Bate
Stage Manager: Myra A. Malley*
Stage Director: Guillermo Silva-Marin*
Pianist: Narmina Afandiyeva
Tonatiuh Abrego* as Marco Palmieri
Daniela Agostino as Gianetta
Joshua Clemenger as Luiz
Elizabeth Beeler* as The Duchess of Plaza-Toro
Bradley Christensen* as Giuseppe Palmieri
Sean Curran as Don Alhambra del Bolero
Gregory Finney as The Duke of Plaza-Toro
Stephanie O'Leary as Tessa
Karina Bray as Inez
Allison Walmsley as Casilda
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Show and Dinner Package
*Tickets for the show and dinner purchased separately. The tickets to The Gondoliers will be sold through Eventbrite.
After the purchase of the ticket is completed, each ticket holder will receive details of the dinner package in a confirmation email. Be sure to reserve your dinner package today to avoid missing this delicious opportunity!
Dinner will be available on March 19th and 20th ONLY and you can choose to receive the dinner by home delivery (delivery fee will apply) or pick up at the Chabrol Restaurant (156 Cumberland Street, Toronto).
Orders for the dinner package must be placed no later than noon on Thursday, March 18th.
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