Carl Rosa Company
Productions 
HMS Pinafore
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The Pirates of Penzance
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The Yeomen of the Guard
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The Mikado
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Iolanthe
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Patience
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 - Normansfield
The Merry Widow
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The Gondoliers
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Die Fledermaus
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  The Mikado
 
The Stage
by Pat Ashworth
24th September 2008

“The Chorus of Men has a full-bodied sound that thrills”

Walsall Observer
by Paul Marston
September 2008

“a truly stunning production”

The Daily Mail
Gielgud Theatre, London's West End 
by David Gillard
February 2008

“There are some splendid comic touches particularly from Fenton Gray's eyes rolling
adroit Ko Ko”

“The best singing comes from Charlotte Page's ringing and witty Yum Yum”

“(Nichola McAuliffe) is a magnificent recruit to G&S”

The Evening Standard
Gielgud Theatre, London's West End 
by Fiona Maddocks
February 2008

“...lively conductor Martin Handley, guided the company back to Gilbertian crispness and Sullivanian classical pastiche...”

The Telegraph
Gielgud Theatre, London's West End 
by Rupert Christiansen
February 2008


“What was truly and refreshingly authentic about the performance, however, was its scale and honesty. In a medium-sized theatre, with a proper pit orchestra, crisply conducted by Martin Handley, there was no need for any amplification, and the words came across with a refreshing directness and naturalness. If only modern musicals would follow suit.”

“...on a grey winter's night you'd have to be a very sad, uptight person indeed not to sit back and enjoy such unpretentious old-fashioned entertainment.”

The Stage
Gielgud Theatre, London's West End
by Paul Vale
February 2008

“Director Peter Mulloy should be congratulated...it has pace, humour, ornate costumes and bright colourful settings...casting Alistair McGowan is a masterstroke and his Mikado of Japan is a joyous amalgam.”

Manchester Evening News
Enjoying a G&S Masterpiece 
by Robert Beale
November 2005

“The Carl Rosa Production, with its replica 1885 costumes and settings in similar style, is both period-conscious and of today. It moves at a great pace musically, too, with Martin Handley conducting.”

“Oliver White (Nanki-Poo) is a splendid romantic tenor lead, and Charlotte Page an artfully Victorian heroine as Yum-Yum.”

The Swan, High Wycombe
by Nicola Lisle
September 2005

“this production is fresh and lively, driven by a cast that blends experience with exciting young talent…Oliver White, a golden-voiced tenor with top notes to die for, is rapidly establishing himself as an outstanding exponent of the G&S canon, and here adds Nanki-Poo to his growing portfolio, imbuing the role with his customary artistic integrity – every expression, every inflexion and every nuance exactly right”

“This is a gem of a Mikado; a glittering jewel that makes all other productions seem but cheap imitations”

The West Australian
by Neville Cohn
2001

“The impeccably trained chorus invariable sang with sense and style. So, too did the pert and pretty ‘Three little maids from school’, whose seeming effortless ensemble singing belied the painstaking rehearse needed to achieve such vocal finesse”

The Scotsman
Carl Rosa Opera 
by Robert Dawson Scott
2001

“...The reborn Carl Rosa Opera Company has gone back to the version its founder would have known when the show was first presented by the Savoy Opera in 1885...why not trust Gilbert and Sullivan and go back to the original text?

The result, on this occasion, was hugely popular…infectiously entertaining... and you could hardly be truer to the shades of Gilbert and Sullivan than that...”

The Belfast Telegraph
Carl Rosa Opera 
by John Graydon
2001

“At last we have a professional company that can champion operetta once again... Carl Rosa has a bright future ahead of them... Streets ahead of it’s competitors in terms of purpose and craftsmanship.”