Welcome to the Aberdeen Gilbert and Sullivan Society


Who Are We?

Aberdeen Gilbert & Sullivan Society is an independent performing arts group which operates in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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.

The Cast of Iolanthe (2020) on the Tivoli stage


Who Can Join?

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

The beautiful Frank Matcham-designed Tivoli auditorium in Aberdeen

What’s The Cost?

the 2019/20 subscriptions are:
£100  / £60 (students)

The Cast of ‘The Mikado’ (2019) on the Tivoli stage



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 of 2017's 'HMS Pinafore' on stage and in costume

The cast of 2017’s ‘HMS Pinafore’ on stage and in costume

What’s The Schedule?

Our next production, Iolanthe, is scheduled to run from Thursday 27 Feb to Saturday 29 Feb 2020 at The Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen.

Rehearsals usually 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.


The cast of ‘The Gondoliers’ (2018)


Further Information?

Contact us!