The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

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President: Valerie Masterson C.B.E.

Vice Presidents: Stephen Brown, Simon Butteriss, Bruce Graham, Donald Maxwell,
Cynthia Morey, Peter Parker, Michael Simkins, David Steadman, Richard Suart.

Article about Isabel Jay in the October Sussex Living

Ssx Living Oct 1025

National Trust G&S Exhibition at Nymans

Gilbert at Nymans

Mikado at Hastings and Peter Parker’s G&S artefacts

Mikado Hastings

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Recent Events

Our subsequent event will be on 15th April 2018
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Future Event

Our mission statement

The Society aims to present a varied programme of events such as concerts and presentations from leading artists and specialists, visits to relevant to the world of theatre and performing arts also attending performances in theatres and similar venues.

The collaborations between Richard D’Oyly Carte, W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan which led to the 14 famous operettas are what might be called our roots. The continued active management of the D’Oyly Carte Company by Richard’s descendants similarly are our roots. D’Oyly Carte other business interests, W S Gilbert’s other writings and interests, also Sullivan’s extensive other musical works form a lush foliage. The careers and repertoires of the multitude of artists, many extremely famous, engaged to perform the works over the past 140 years are the lush cover of multi-coloured blooms not forgetting contemporaries of G&S. Thus, we have the expansive tree from which our wide-ranging programme can be produced.

The 2016 Isabel Jay Trophy Award  Click here

2016 Award

Site updated 9th December 2017

On Sunday 11th February 2018 at 12:30 for 1:00 pm
Again in the Birch Hotel
Lewes Road, Haywards Heath

 The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

Present their
Seventh Annual Lunch

A delicious three course feast

with a choice of starters, main course, and desert followed by

Tea or Coffee and mints.

After Luncheon Speakers

John Penn Chairman of the London Gilbert and Sullivan Society

and his Wife Angie Penn

John and Angie have  attended The International Gilbert and Sullivan festival for the past twenty years,and have taken part in every Gilbert and Sullivan Opera ,they have witnessed the ups and downs of putting on an opera with a cast drawn from the four corners of the world who come together to put on a lavish fully costumed production every year at the festival.

They have been the back bone of the London society,presenting the Gilbert and Sullivan News with John Cannon.also a host of other events.

They only recently got married,and surprise surprise Gilbert and Sullivan was the theme of their Wedding.

A fascinating afternoon is promised,about their life and love of Gilbert and Sullivan.

The usual arrangements apply:-


It is hoped the previous two years ticket price of £23.00 can be retained.

Please send your cheque, made payable to ‘G & S Today’,

to our Treasurer, Edwin Cowley at 37 Hill House Close, Turners Hill, Crawley RH10 4YY.

The figure portrayed in this statuette is reputed to be a character from one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas.
Can you identify her? If so please let Edwin Cowley know.

Can you identify the figure portrayed in the statuette further down this page?