For three weeks every summer, Buxton, on the edge of the Peak District, is the centre of the universe for Gilbert and Sullivan fans.
This year’s 18th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival includes virtually all the Savoy Operas, plus a few extras.
The event was the idea of Yorkshireman Ian Smith and his son, also Ian. The pair, from Halifax, were worried that, despite growing popularity abroad, the works of Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan were falling out of favour at home.
They picked Buxton because of its beautiful opera house, and because it’s right smack in the middle of England. When it started, there were just ten productions. This year, there are 50.
The festival runs until August 20. Call the Buxton Opera House on 0845 127 2190 or visit gsfestivals.org.