The Washington Savoyards present comic and light opera, operetta, and musical theatre, mounting at least four Gilbert and Sullivan works each season. Committed to non-traditional casting, the company draws on D.C.’s pool of talented performing artists, and each production features a full, live orchestra.
The troupe was formed in 1972 as the Montgomery Savoyards by founding director Audrey Shipp, and productions were staged in the Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. The name was changed to the Washington Savoyards in 1979, when the company moved to the Trinity Theatre in Georgetown. In 1988, it relocated a few blocks north to the Duke Ellington Theatre, and in 2006 it began performing in the then not-yet-completed Atlas Performing Arts Center north of Capitol Hill.
The first mainstage production at the Atlas, in 2007, was Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. In addition to such other beloved American musicals as Babes in Toyland, Man of La Mancha, and The Music Man, the company has performed the entire Gilbert and Sullivan canon, including lesser known works (Utopia Ltd., The Grand Duke) alongside The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, Iolanthe, and the rest of the all-time classics.
Washington Savoyards Information
- Public Transportation: Good
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule generally Friday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets are $45, senior tickets $40, for 17-and-unders $20, student Rush tickets available for $10, shows sometimes available on Goldstar.com.