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, Barry Clark, Bruce Graham, Donald Maxwell,
Cynthia Morey, Michael Simkins, 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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The 2018 Isabel Jay Trophy Award  Click here

2017-18 Award

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On Sunday 3rd February 2019 in the Birch Hotel
Lewes Road, Haywards Heath

 The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

Eighth Annual Lunch.

When Special Guest Speaker will be

Simon Butteriss

Our Celebrity Guest at this year's Luncheon is to be one of our Vice President Simon Butteriss, a Former principal with the New D`Oyly Carte Opera Company and for many years Star of the Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Opera.

His name will be familiar to many of you through his work as a G & S patter man, but he is so much more than that.

A fine baritone opera singer, actor and director, he has done an incredible amount of clever and varied work.   He was a chorister at Westminster Abbey, read English at Cambridge, has written and translated for stage, screen and opera house, and has sung in opera houses all over the world.

This immensely gifted man can do just about anything, and do it superbly well.

There is an enormous amount of information about him on Google - do have a look.', Here is a good starting point

The usual arrangements apply:-


Tickets are priced at:-£24.00 each.

Please send your cheque, made payable to ‘G & S Today’, together with your menu choices using the capital letter in the left hand margin (see below), to our Treasurer, Edwin Cowley at 37 Hill House Close, Turners Hill, Crawley, RH10 4YY.

The Menu

Please show your menu choices using the capital letter in the left hand margin.


A)   Dr Daly's Homemade Vegetable Soup.

B)   Ludwig's Pork Pate served with chutney & toasted

C)   Mozzarella Sticks Gondolieri-style fried in breadcrumbs
     with Italian herbs & red pepper Salsa.

Curtain Up - Act One

D)   Richard Dauntless' filleted Haddock, lightly battered, &
     served with French Fries, Tartare Sauce & lemon.

E)   Sir William Gilbert's English Steak & Ale Pie, with a
     pastry topping & a wonderful rich gravy.

F)   Bunthorne's Pasta Dish - Sunflower-shaped pasta
     parcels filled with asparagus, ricotta cheese & peas &
     drizzled with olive oil & topped with parmesan shavings.

G)   Sergeant Meryll's Sirloin of Beef, roasted, & served
     with traditional Yorkshire pudding, gravy & horseradish

  All main dishes accompanied by vegetables from Old
  Adam's kitchen garden.  

Act Two - Desserts

H)   Casilda's White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake with
      red berry compote.

J)   The Grand Inquisitor's Sticky Toffee Pudding with
      toffee sauce & vanilla ice cream.

K)   Marco Palmieri's favourite Profiteroles with warm
     chocolate sauce.


Drinks brewed by the Vicar - Tea or Coffee, with Little Buttercup's Mints.

Wines and other drinks available from the bar or staff at normal bar prices.

Site updated 4th January 2019

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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.