January 2020 update

“Mikado Memories” is published and copies are available from me at richard@richardsuart.co.uk or the English National Opera Bookshop, or indeed on Amazon, price £20.00.

Reviewed in the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society magazine, it is summed up…

   ‘In short, anyone who has ever enjoyed the Miller Mikado, and anyone interested in its impact, or in British singers, will enjoy this book. You can read it from cover to cover quite quickly – the author’s style is relaxed and easy – or you can just open it at random and enjoy a few beautiful photographs of favourite singers.’

There are over two hundred colour photographs taken by ENO photographers Billy Rafferty and Fiona Rich.

This month I am diction coaching on a new production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller at ENO.

On 1st February, As a Matter of Patter visits the GAF Theatre at Bursledon, near Southampton.

29th February sees me in a one-off performance of Pirates in St Michael’s Church, Chester Square in Belgravia (www.workboxopera.co.uk), raising money for dear Nick Sales.

I entertain on another river cruise on the Danube from 14th-21st March for Theatrical Adventures, and at the end of the month I go to Glasgow to rehearse a new production of The Gondoliers for Scottish Opera in collaboration with the D’Oyly Carte. Stuart Maunder directs and Derek Clark conducts. We will also rehearse Utopia Ltd. for performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh and The Hackney Empire. Tour dates in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh and The Hackney Empire, London for both shows from www.scottishopera.org.uk;

In January 2021I shall be in Calgary, Alberta for three performances of The Merry Widow.


“They’d none of ‘em be missed”

--here’s a source of innocent merriment for all G&S fans – The Stage August 2008

--this lavishly-illustrated book—The Stage

--with a combination of waspish wit and obvious genuine respect for the original, the result is a delightful couple of hours chortling to oneself—The Stage

--a delightful volume, and I cannot imagine any G&S enthusiast who would not want to have a copy—Gilbert and Sullivan News Spring 2008-08-30

--it is also an amusing review of recent political scandal and sleaze –John Allison in The Sunday Telegraph 24 February 2008

I first sang Ko-Ko for English National Opera in 1988, and to celebrate my first 20 years, I have cast my mind back over some of those ‘Society Offenders’ whom I have included; 192 pages in full colour! – Written with ASH Smyth and published by Pallas Athene, it was launched seven years ago; twenty years of my lists are condensed into a dozen chapters, and there are guest lists – Tim Rice, Jeff Randall and the great American poet John Hollander are among those who have offered their parodies, as well as many well loved G&S enthusiasts. Nicholas Garland has allowed me to reprint one of his famous cartoons of Margaret Thatcher with her ‘list,’ and there are many other illustrations and cartoons – I promise you, there are some fascinating surprises!

Cover price is £12.99, but signed copies are available from me at £10.00 INCLUDING postage and packing (UK); (ISBN 978 1 84368 036 9).

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