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Wednesday, June 1, 2022


Pieter Scholtz, Chris Nicholson and friends of St Clements invite patrons to enjoy an evening of erudition, enlightenment and entertainment.

The next Mondays @ 6 programme on June 6, 2022, will be Subtle Political Satire set to Gorgeous Music, which offers an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan by Chris Nicholson.

Chris Nicholson — author, scholar, retired judge, storyteller — is a St Clements favourite who has previously shared his passion for Wagner and for opera, among other things. This time, he will share why he is a big fan of Gilbert and Sullivan and gives new insights into the music and lyrics of this legendary partnership.

Nicholson is the author of six published books including Papwa Sewgolum, From Pariah to Legend; Permanent Removal: Who Killed the Cradock Four; and The Level Playing Field (An inspirational account of Pietermaritzburg’s Aurora Cricket Club).

“When everyone is somebody then no one’s anybody.” —  W S Gilbert

Librettist W S  Gilbert wrote the words and composer Sir Arthur Sullivan wrote the score for their 14 operettas in a collaboration that lasted 25 years. Their partnership began in 1871. They are perhaps best-known for their comic operas, The Mikado, H.M.S Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and Iolanthe.

When the donations box is passed around, a minimum of R50 per person is suggested. Please be there in time to order before the performance.

Wear a mask. Outdoors (dress accordingly) or - more likely - indoors. Please observe Covid protocols.

Bookings limited to diners in support of St Clements restaurant and staff. (They stay open specially for these programmes.) Table bookings essential: RSVP ST Clements on 031 202 2511

St Clements is situated at 191 Musgrave Road, Durban.