With a cast of 45 and orchestra of 15, Encore! Educational Theatre Company takes on Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera, The Gondoliers. This will be the troupe’s eleventh annual production of an opera by Britain’s most famous duo, whose theatrical masterpieces are performed all over the world.

Although The Gondoliers is a delightful satire on “republican” governments (“when everyone is somebody, then no-one’s anybody”), it has long been a favorite of the English royal family, and was honored with a command performance at Windsor Castle by Queen Victoria in 1891. In this diamond jubilee year of Victoria’s great-great-granddaughter, the wit remains as sparkling as ever and the music particularly delightful.

The story of the opera concerns the young bride of the heir to the throne of Barataria who arrives in Venice to join her husband. It turns out, however, that he cannot be identified, since he was entrusted to the care of a drunken gondolier who mixed up the prince with his own son. To complicate matters, the King of Barataria has just been killed. The two young gondoliers must now jointly rule the kingdom until the nurse of the prince can be brought in to determine which of them is the rightful king. Moreover, when the young queen arrives to claim her husband, she finds that the two gondoliers have both recently married local girls. A further complicating factor is that she, herself, is in love with another man.

Directed by Robert Binder, with musical direction by Paul Salter, choreography by Judy Brown, and set design by Roxane Goodkin-Levy. Featured in the company are Encore! veterans Aviella Trapido, Daniel Forst, and Claire Greenfeld, along with newcomers Jay Shir, Michael Sacofsky, Maya Cohen, Maria Luibman and Rafi Apfel.

The opera will be performed in English with Hebrew subtitles.

For tickets please call 054-578-9006 or the Hirsch Theatre box-office at (02) 620-3463. For press inquires, contact Aliza Klieman-Marriott at 052-3341847.