St Albans Chamber Opera



Once again, we have had a very successful year. Three performances of our G&S Concert An evening with Mr WS William Gilbert and Mr Arthur Sullivan all sold out! Our production of Ruddigore was a great success. We all had lots of fun, and enjoyed working with our new choreographer, Jenny Weston, who helped create some great movement and dance.

The Boatswain's Mate

by Ethel Smythe

24th-25th October 2019

Abbey Theatre, St Albans, AL1 2DL

Boatswains Mate

A comic opera about love- lost, gained and manipulated. The Boatswain's Mate is a one act piece written and composed by British suffragette Ethel Smyth in 1913–14, based on a story of the same name by William Wymark Jacobs. It was Smyth's fourth opera. The piece centers around a humorous battle of the sexes featuring a feisty and resourceful heroine who outwits her scheming suitor.

An evening with Mr WS William Gilbert and Mr Arthur Sullivan

25th-26th October 2018, and 24th May 2019

Abbey Theatre, St Albans, AL1 2DL

G&S Concert

A cornucopia of music and lyrics from these great ‘Savoyards’. The show featured the SACO chorus and sundry soloists, ably accompanied at the pianoforte by Mr Julian Barber. The artistes performed excerpts from all the ‘Savoy’ collaborations of these distinctly British operettists, and all performances were sold out. Back by popular demand in the Autumn of 2020!


by William S Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan

13th-16th March 2019

Abbey Theatre, St Albans, AL1 2DL


This Gothic melodrama with witches, ghosts and disguises boasts some of Sullivan’s best music and a funny and poignant libretto from Gilbert. A successful 5 performance run was enjoyed by all on both sides of the curtain, and the liveliness of the cast was praised by the audience.

St Albans Chamber Opera (SACO for short)

SACO was founded in 1987 by opera singer Phyl (Aver) Swindlehurst and Music Director David Ireson to provide performing opportunities for the many talented singers living in the area, and to involve young people in performing and attending opera. The company has a good reputation for providing first class music theatre on a small budget and is virtually self-supporting.

An annual production at the Abbey Theatre in the Spring is supplemented with studio performances, concerts and workshops in a variety of unusual and attractive venues.

To contact us Tel: 01727 869069 or e-mail

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46 Ramsbury Rd, St Albans, AL1 1SW

Registered Charity 1063154