"The House of Murgatroyd or Ruddygore Revisited", presented by The House of Murgatroyd Ensemble (H.O.M.E.) had its premier performance at The 21st International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in the UK in 2014. "The House of Murgatroyd" is a seven person re-imagining of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, "Ruddigore". It has been been pulled apart, cut to bits, reassembled and resurrected to include material that was cut after opening night, a new song featuring W.S. Gilbert's lyrics, and a few other surprises that will have to be seen to be believed. Curses, passion, love and lies plague these players as they wind their way through Gilbert's take on British Melodrama, set to Arthur Sullivan's classic score. Does the apple fall far from the tree? Can a bad Baronet escape his title and attendant curse by becoming a simple farmer? Can a poor mad maiden ensnare the love of a wicked villain? Can a self assertive sailor sever the bond of star-crossed lovers? Can the ancestral picture gallery of Rupert Murgatroyd's demented descendants determine the destiny of them all? Oh Joy, Oh Horror, watch as these characters swing to extremes in the blink of an eye.
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