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Frequently Asked Questions

Shows

What is the G&S Fest?

Presented by State Opera South Australia, the G&S Fest is a celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, or “G&S” as they are universally known, creators of British comedy-opera in the 19th century. Over two weekends in May 2023, State Opera will bring together some of the best bits of very British humour and song in an action-packed programme.

The pair gave rise to a great British tradition of political satire and their work shaped the development of musical theatre, political discourse, literature, film, and advertising.

State Opera’s G&S Fest is the only festival of its kind outside the UK and aims to deliver a memorable entertainment experience for aficionados and first timers alike.

Where and when is the G&S Fest?

The G&S Fest takes place across several venues in Adelaide/Kaurna Yerta on 11-21 May 2023.

What is on and when?

Along with our main stage musical productions of Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and Trial by Jury, you can also attend quiz nights, a high tea, a long lunch, film viewings and even a Big Sing!

Take a look at what’s on here.

What time should I arrive at the venue?

You should arrive at your venue no later than 15 minutes before the performance starts. If you wish to purchase beverages or snacks or require accessibility assistance, we recommend you arrive earlier to avoid any last-minute rush.

Please note that for events at Her Majesty’s Theatre, auditorium doors will close once the performance starts and you will only be admitted once there is a suitable break in the performance.

Can I purchase food and drinks at the venue?

Most venues have a variety of food and drink options available for purchase. Alternatively, there are many cafes, bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinities ideal for pre-or post-show meals and drinks.

Are there any age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions for any of our shows, in fact G&S is perfect for the kids!

What is the dress code?

There is no set dress code for any of the events in the G&S Fest. However, there’s nothing stopping you from putting on your glad rags or coming in fancy dress!

Ticketing

How do I purchase tickets?

Check the details for each event for more details on how to book your tickets.

How much do tickets cost?

Ticket prices vary depending on the event you wish to attend and the ticket you want to purchase, some events are even free! Check the details for each event for more details on ticket prices.

How do I get my ticket?

e-Tickets are available for all events and will be sent to your mobile or email once you have finalised your purchase.

Are tickets available on the door?

A limited number of tickets may be available on the door for some of our events, however we highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Are discounts available?

Please check the details for each event for more details on ticket prices.

Are seats general admission or reserved?

Some venues have reserved seating whilst others are general admission. Check the details of your event to find out more.

Do the venues have accessibility services?

All venues are wheelchair accessible. Visit the Plan Your Visit page or get in touch with us for any accessibility queries.

Do you offer travel packages?

State Opera does not offer travel packages as part of our ticketing. However, we work with interstate tour groups and we are happy to refer you to them if you’d like to get in touch.

Refunds & Cancellations

Will I receive a refund if my show is cancelled?

Please check the T&Cs for your ticket purchase for refund and exchange conditions. State Opera South Australia abides by Live Performance Australia ticket refund guidelines.

I can no longer attend my performance. Can I receive a refund for my ticket?

Please check the T&Cs for your ticket purchase for refund and exchange conditions. State Opera South Australia abides by Live Performance Australia ticket refund guidelines.

General

Where can I find out about State Opera’s upcoming shows?

Visit our website for details about our current and upcoming shows or to join our mailing list. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be first in the know.

How do I update my contact details?

You can update your contact details with State Opera here.