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Chester Operatic Society to perform Gilbert and Sullivan classic at city venue; Ruddigore can be seen at St Mary's Creative Space from September 3-5.

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There are more than a few stories involving ghosts attached to the area around St Mary's Hill inChester, which makesSt Mary's Creative Space the ideal venue for Chester Operatic Society's forthcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, also known as The Witch's Curse.

First performed in 1887, the characters in this comic opera include a group of bored professional bridesmaids, a madwoman, a member of the aristocracy disguised as a farmer, and the ghosts of the bad Baronets of Ruddigore.

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Chester Operatic has a long history of bringing the works of Gilbert and Sullivan to a local audience in a variety of venues, though it is almost a century since its last full production of Ruddigore which took place at the long since vanished Royalty Theatre on City Road in 1924.

Society member Juliet Miles is directing the current production, and is looking forward to the atmospheric possibilities offered by the deconsecrated church building, especially on an autumn evening.

Juliet said: "I'm thrilled to be back directing friends old and new at Chester Operatic. I fell in love with Ruddigore as a 19-year-old student and it's remained one of my favourites ever since.

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"We're transforming St Mary's into an Edwardian Ruddigore Abbey where the family and servants are looking forward to entertaining you, their houseparty guests, with a slice of the family's history."

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Performances will be at 7.30pm on Thursday, October 3-Saturday, October 5 at St Mary Creative Space, Castle Street, Chester. Tickets are priced at [pounds sterling]12.50 ([pounds sterling]6 for under 12s).

For further information and to book tickets, go to:www.ticketsource.co.uk/chesteroperaticor call 01244 375662.

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