Ruddigore 2001 pirates 1991-crop-u55208

Director                       Jacqui Beckingham

Musical Director         Nicholas Jenkins

Repetiteur                  Elizabeth Cooper

The Baronets of Ruddigore are cursed. Anyone who succeeds to the title has to commit a crime every day — or perish in inconceivable agony.

Robin Oakapple, a young farmer loves Rose Maybud, but both are too shy to tell the other. But Robin has a secret. He is really Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, the rightful Baronet of Ruddigore, in disguise. His younger brother, Despard, believing Ruthven to be dead, has assumed the title. Robin’s foster brother, Richard, seeking Rose for himself, tells Despard of Robin’s deception, and Robin is forced to accept his true position, losing Rose to Richard in the process.

Now the Baronet of Ruddigore, Robin is confronted by the ghosts of his ancestors who step from their picture frames in the gallery of Ruddigore Castle to confront him for failing to conscientiously commit his daily crime. Robin eventually finds a way of satisfying his ancestors demands whilst continuing to live a blameless life…

The Cast List of Principal roles was as follows:

Robin Oakapple                  Iain Cannell

Richard Dauntless             Roger Twyman

Sir Despard Murgatroyd  Stanley Brown

Old Adam Goodheart        Peter Shearlaw

Rose Maybud                      Shirley Noel

Mad Margaret                    Penny Stevens

Dame Hannah                   Anne Jones

Zorah                                   Debbie Brett

Ruth                                    Joan Flanagan

Sir Roderic Murgatroyd  John Cobb