Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Philadelphia
Friday, May 10 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 11 – 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Longwood Gardens Open Air Theatre
Friday, May 31 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, June 1 – 8:30 pm

About The Grand Duke:
If you love The Play That Goes Wrong and British comedy and farces, this is the operetta for you! This classic take on a ‘play within a play’ has hilarious turns and twists that will keep you riveted. A rollicking tale of love, politics, and mistaken identity, sprinkled with Gilbert’s razor-sharp wit and Sullivan’s enchanting melodies. Without a shot being fired, confusion and hilarity reign as a troupe of actors take political power overthrowing the government of the mean and miserly Grand Duke. Duels with weapons have been outlawed. A statutory duel has been instituted: the two disputants draw cards from a deck.  The person with the higher card wins. The person with the lower card becomes a legal ghost and all his relations (including fiancées), debts, bets, and obligations pass on to the winner.  After 24 hours, the “dead” man returns to life, and all will be well again, or will it? Changing the setting to post-war Britain, this updated and revised version of the show will delight all ages. This gem of a show is rarely produced, and it has been thirty years since The Savoy Company last staged the show. Director Bill Kiesling has created a masterful comedy that sings under the outstanding direction of Peter Hilliard and the professional orchestra.