Overview


Synopsis

Although Ruddigore is an ensemble tour de force with a wealth of fun character roles.The Mikado (1885), it is now regarded as one of the gems of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. A 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. All of the Baronets of the locale of Ruddigore are under a terrible curse enacted by a witch long ago--each of the successive Baronets must commit some kind of a crime every single day, or else they will die in terrible agony. Robin Oakapple has been living as a farmer for years, working up the courage to ask the beautiful village maiden Rose Maybud for her hand, but he is hiding a secret--he is actually Sir Ruthven, the Baronet of Ruddigore, and has been hiding in disguise while his younger brother Despard assumed the title--and the curse. Betrayed by his foster-brother Richard, Robin is discovered and must take on the responsibility of committing a crime every day in order to appease the curse--and the ghosts of all his ancestors past, who are none too happy with his attempt to shirk his title. Robin must somehow find a way to lead the honest life he loves--but how? Ruddigore is an ensemble tour de force with a wealth of fun character roles.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Supporting

Bass



Show Information

Book:
Lyrics:
Category
Operetta
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1887
Genres
Comedy, Parody, Satire
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
early 1800s, the town of rederring, near cornwall
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal For
college, professional, small budget
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, late teen characters

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