Scottish Opera returns to live outdoor performance for the first time in nine months, with its popular Pop-up Opera Roadshow where specially-adapted trailers will take to the road, condensing five fun-filled Gilbert & Sullivan classics and all their frivolity into 30 minute performances of A Little Bit of… The Gondoliers, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and Iolanthe.

Featuring some of Gilbert & Sullivan’s wittiest lyrics and best- known tunes, the shows are an ideal opportunity for anyone new to opera to try a taster. Cleverly re-scored by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark, with story text by Allan Dunn, the shows will be popping up at a variety of iconic and surprising venues across Scotland including the likes of Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and many more locations. While past productions of Pop-up Operas have accommodated both the audience and performers inside the mobile Theatre Royal trailer, this year performances are al fresco with a covered stage and audiences out front in the open air, seated in household bubbles in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

The shows are brought to life by storyteller Allan Dunn, along with singers Stephanie Stanway, Charlotte Hoather, Andrew McTaggart, Mark Nathan, Jessica Leary, instrumentalists Andrew Drummond Huggan, Laura Sergeant, Sasha Savaloni and Ian Watt, with a series of colourful illustrations helping guide the audiences through the somewhat convoluted, but always comical, adventurous tales of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Tour Dates

TOUR 1 (A Little Bit of Iolanthe, The Mikado and The Gondoliers)

Glamis Castle, Forfar                                                                                 24 July

 TOUR 2 (A Little bit of HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance)

Glamis Castle, Forfar                                                                                        28 August

Tickets will be on sale at Scottish Opera’s website from June 2