Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse, was the eighth full-length opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. The "new and orginal Supernatural Opera in Two Acts" premiered on January 22, 1887, at the Savoy Theatre. Ruddigore tells the story of the latest in a line of baronets that has suffered a curse that requires the current baron to commit a crime each day or suffer an unspeakably agonizing death. Besides the other inconveniences this produces, it also provides a serious obstacle to marriage for the current Baronet of Ruddigore, for his bethrothed, who is unable to do anything - including marry - without finding justification and direction from her constant companion, her book of Etiquette. This parody of the domestic melodrama so popular in Victorian England contains some of the famed collaborators' best work and has become a staple in the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire.
Tickets for Ruddigore are $6.00 - general admission, $4.00 - students and senior citizens and $2.00 - Hamilton College students. For ticket information, call the Hamilton College Performing Arts Tickets office at 859-4331.