About Us

Stamford Operatic Society (now SAMS) was formed in 1906 and in 1910 Sir Malcolm Sargent, at the age of 14, accompanied rehearsals and conducted their show, “Yeomen of the Guard” at the Stamford Corn Exchange.  His love of Gilbert & Sullivan lead him to D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and he was also a composer and was widely regarded as Britain’s leading conductor of his generation.  Stamford Operatic Society stopped performing G&S in the late 1920s.  A number of their members wanted to continue to perform the operatta so they did just that!

In 1951, Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players was born to perform exclusively Gilbert & Sullivan.  Their first show was HMS Pinafore, performed in the Stamford Corn Exchange where we still perform to this day.  This enthusiastic company now comprises people from in and around the Stamford area who have a great love for Gilbert & Sullivan and wish to see it continue.  Our recent productions have included dancers from the Welland School of Dancing, this has encouraged more young people to come and be a part of this great Society!

The idea that Gilbert & Sullivan is old-fashioned is far from the truth.  Many if the Gilbert & Sullivan Operas are a satirical and highly amusing commentary on Victorian England, and many of the issues raised still have some relevance now, some 125 years later.  The satire and wit contained in all the shows can be applied to current events!  In addition the music is melodious and happy.

Previous Productions

Trial by Jury

First Shown: 1875
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1959, 1978, 1989, 1998, 2015

The Sorcerer

First Shown: 1877
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1982, 1996, 2011

HMS Pinafore

First Shown: 1878
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1951, 1959, 1969, 1978, 1989, 1998, 2006, 2015

The Pirates of Penzance

First Shown: 1880
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1952, 1963, 1971, 1983, 1991, 2000, 2008, 2017

Patience

First Shown: 1881
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1957, 1967, 1981, 1994, 2007, 2018

Iolanthe

First Shown: 1882
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1954, 1961, 1970, 1979, 1990, 1999, 2010

Princess Ida

First Shown: 1884
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1955, 1964, 1974, 1987, 2002, 2016

The Mikado

First Shown: 1885
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1956, 1965, 1973, 1985, 1993, 2003, 2013

Ruddigore

First Shown: 1887
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1962, 1972, 1984, 1992, 2005, 2014

The Yeomen of the Guard

First Shown: 1888
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1958, 1966, 1975, 1986, 1995, 2004, 2012

The Gondoliers

First Shown: 1889
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1952, 1960, 1968, 1976, 1988, 1997, 2009

Utopia Limited

First Shown: 1893
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1977

The Grand Duke

First Shown: 1896
Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players: 1980, 2001

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