Ruddigore (2018)

G&S presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse, at the ArtsCape Theatre from 21 to 29 July 2018. It’s a story of star-crossed lovers, career bridesmaids, a family curse, and paintings that come alive!

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All of the Baronets of Ruddigore are under a terrible curse. Each of the successive Baronets must commit some kind of a crime every single day, or else they will die in terrible agony. Robin Oakapple has been living as a farmer for years, working up the courage to ask the beautiful village maiden Rose Maybud for her hand, but he is hiding a secret. He is actually Sir Ruthven, the Baronet of Ruddigore, and has been hiding in disguise while his younger brother Despard assumed the title, and the curse. Betrayed by his foster-brother Richard, Robin is discovered and must take on the responsibility of committing a crime every day in order to appease the curse, and the ghosts of all his ancestors past, who are none too happy with his attempt to shirk his title. Robin must somehow find a way to lead the honest life he loves, but how?

Artistic Team

Roché Haupt-Buckle


Alastair Cockburn

Musical Director

Principal Cast

Barend van der Westhuizen

Robin Oakapple

Sian Atterbury

Rose Maybud

Niel Koekemoer

Richard Dauntless

Monika Voysey

Dame Hannah

Stephan Le Roux

Sir Despard Murgatroyd

Kerryn Warren

Mad Margaret

Matthew Wilke

Sir Roderic Murgatroyd

Waldo Buckle

Old Adam Goodheart

Lara Basson


Kaylene Hendricks