Oracle Productions to Stage Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Ruddigore’ in London’s Oldest Music Hall

By Logan Martell

On March 14, 2023, Oracle Productions will open its run of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Ruddigore” or “The Witch’s Curse,” at Wilton Music Hall, London’s oldest surviving music hall.

Directed by Peter Benedict, this production celebrates the blend of G&S musical style with the spooky and supernatural. The work premiered by the D’Oyly Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre in London on January 22, 1887, where it ran for 288 performances.

The production features some costumes from D’Oyly Carte’s 1950 production of the work, as well as dialogue which was cut after the premiere. Cast and creative team will be announced at a later date.

“Wilton’s is a building whose very bricks contain the spirits of another age,” Benedict said in an official press statement. “I think we should summon up a few of those spirits to join in the fun.”

The production runs through March 25 for a total of 14 performances.