THE National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present a short season of G&S at the Hippodrome Theatre, Darlington, from August 1 to 3 August.

The company will be performing serveral productions, including The Pirates of Penzance, plus two new ones, The Gondoliers and The Mikado.

All performances are with a full chorus and principals and accompanied by the company’s National Festival Orchestra, all to present the very best of G&S.

The witty, satirical and often political sensitive words of W S Gilbert hold as much relevance now as when they were first written, and this linked with Sir Arthur Sullivan’s exquisite and melodious music together make for a first rate show, regarded by many as being the origins of today’s musical theatre genre.

Performances are on: Thursday, August 1, at 7.30pm, The Gondoliers; on Friday, August 2, at 7.30pm, The Pirates of Penzance; and on Saturday, August 3, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, The Mikado.

Call the box office for tickets (group rates and discounts are available).