Date & Price
Due to the ongoing closure of our Gardens, we are suspending the sale of tickets for our Fireworks & Fountains Shows, summer performing arts events, and registration for Continuing Education classes.
Friday, May 29, 2020 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 8:30 pm
Open Air Theatre
Reserved Seating: $29
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $24*
Ticket price includes all-day Gardens Admission
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
The Savoy Company presents: Ruddigore (or The Witch’s Curse)
Join The Savoy Company in our Gardens for Ruddigore, Gilbert and Sullivan’s satirical take on the Victorian melodrama genre. Ruddigore’s zany plot has it all—ghosts, witches, curses, disguises, and even a wicked villain who tries to make off with the fair maiden.
For centuries, a collection of ghostly ancestors haunt the lives of the Murgatroyd family, specifically their eldest sons, who are to become the Baronets of Ruddigore. The Baronets live under a witch’s curse—commit a crime every day, or die in agony. Sir Despard Murgatroyd, believing his elder brother dead, takes the mantle of Baronet and with it, its curse, leaving his own love Margaret to turn mad. Meanwhile, in the village of Rederring, young love blossoms between Robin Oakapple and the lovely Rose Maybud. While awaiting a proposal of marriage, Rose learns that her intended is none other than the true Baronet of Ruddigore, Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, the rightful heir who has been living under an assumed name to escape his fate. Seizing this opportunity to win Rose's hand, Robin's stepbrother, Richard Dauntless, makes a proposal of marraige, to the delight of a troupe of professional bridesmaids. Suddenly, the ghosts of Ruddigore come to life to educate their new Baronet. Can Robin outwit his ancestors’ ghosts to solve the curse, save the day, and be reunited with his love?
More about The Savoy Company
This fully staged production features the musical and artistic talents of The Savoy Company, the oldest amateur theatre company in the world dedicated to Gilbert & Sullivan operas, which has been a Philadelphia tradition for 120 seasons. Since 1901, The Savoy Company has been steeped in history and tradition, while still making time for fun and social gatherings. The company draws its diverse members, representing all walks of life, from throughout the Delaware Valley. A full, professional orchestra, including musicians from a variety of Philadelphia-area music ensembles, accompanies The Savoy Company's performances.
Savoy has long been known for its large chorus and backstage crew, and has performed on professional stages, employing professional orchestras, for almost 120 years and counting. The Company’s volunteer cast has included Hollywood film star Nelson Eddy, Metropolitan Opera soprano Margaret Harshaw, Wagnerian bass-baritone James Pease, and Broadway star Wilbur Evans.
*Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive $5 off regular Summer Performance Series ticket prices. If you are eligible, you have received a discount code via direct mail or email for Longwood Gardens.