Welcome to the Aberdeen Gilbert and Sullivan Society


Our HMS Pinafore has now sailed away! Many thanks to all who attended!

Our HMS Pinafore has now sailed away! Many thanks to all who attended!

Who Are We?

Aberdeen Gilbert & Sullivan Society is an independent performing arts group which operates from the Arts Centre Theatre on King Street in Aberdeen.

It was founded in 1976 by students Michael James and Derek Blyth and remained a student group at the University of Aberdeen until 2015 when the decision was made to separate from the Students’ Association and officially open membership up to the full community.

It has a reputation as one of the finest amateur operatic groups in the N-E of Scotland, and is unique in Aberdeen, as the only company currently performing full-scale Gilbert & Sullivan operettas on the local stage.

Who Can Join?

Full membership is open to all for an annual subscription.
Our current members range in age from 18 to 72!

What’s The Cost?

the 2016/17 subscriptions are:
£90 / £60


Everyone who wishes to take part in a production is required to endure a short audition. This is not nearly as scary as it sounds. The average audition lasts a whole 3 minutes! The idea of the audition is to ensure we have a good vocal balance. You will be branded either a 1st Soprano, 2nd Soprano, 1st Alto, 2nd Alto, 1st Tenor, 2nd Tenor, 1st Bass or 2nd Bass. Simple as that!!

Those wishing to be considered for a principal part will also be required to read a short extract from the dialogue. This will be provided at the time of audition.

The cast (+ some of the production team) of 'HMS Pinafore' (2017)

The cast (+ some of the production team) of ‘HMS Pinafore’ (2017)

What’s The Schedule?

Our last production, HMS Pinafore, ran from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 February 2017.

We will begin our rehearsals for next year’s show later this year!
Contact info@gilbertandsullivansociety.co.uk for more information.

Rehearsals begin at the start of  October, running until the following February. Full cast rehearsals usually take place on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm to 10pm, with additional principal cast rehearsals at mutually suitable times for those involved. There are also extra full-day Sunday rehearsals on selected weekends nearer the production dates, and additional evening rehearsals may be called if required.


HMS Pinafore (2017)

HMS Pinafore (2017)












Further Information?

Contact us!

3 comments on “Welcome to the Aberdeen Gilbert and Sullivan Society

  1. Kathryn Noonan says:


    I’m writing on behalf of the University of St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society to ask if you might have any Pirates chorus scores. We are holding what will hopefully be a massive day long Pirates Sing-a-long November 28th and are trying to get ahold of as many scores as possible to minimize the number of tress who sacrifice themselves for our cause.
    Would you be able to help us? We are ready to pay all postage and discuss any other fees you feel are appropriate (such as a deposit). And, of course, you are heartily invited for what promises to be a highly entertaining, enjoyable and social event!


    Kathryn Noonan

  2. Lonnie Harrison says:

    I live in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia Canada. I heard there was a branch of G & S in Langley BC. Would you have any info on it- I tried googling it with no luck


  3. Just came across your site whilst looking for G and S stuff and noticed you have kindly included a weblink to us. However, I need to let you know that we’ve recently changed domain name, so its now as above (was previously bentleyoperatic.org.uk).

    Kind regards

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