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Friday, July 29, 2022


Pieter Scholtz and friends invite you to Satire. Music. Gilbert & Sullivan. Part Two. This is another evening of erudition, enlightenment and entertainment with Chris Nicholson presented on the St Clements Mondays at 6 programme which will take place on August 1, 2022, at 18h00.

Those who came along in May will remember that the audience was left hanging. Coitus interruptus. An evening unfinished. There was lots more about G&S to know. Happily, after some arm-twisting, Nicholson agreed to continue where he left off. And to note, Part Two will be a little different. By popular demand, more dialogue (from Nicholson the raconteur) and less recorded music.

Subtle Political Satire set to Gorgeous Music: a second evening of Gilbert and Sullivan by Chris Nicholson

Chris Nicholson — author, scholar, retired judge, storyteller — is a St Clements favourite who has previously shared with us his passion for Wagner, opera, and other things. This time he will (continue to) share with us why he is a big fan of Gilbert and Sullivan and give us 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).

Click through to read about Chris Nicholson on Wikipedia and on his website.

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. Wear a mask if you want to. The event will, most likely, be indoors. To be confirmed when St Clements send the reminder.

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

Please be there in time to order before the performance. St Clements is situated in Musgrave Road on the Berea in Durban.