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A satirical take on the Victorian melodrama genre, Ruddigore’s zany plot has it all -- ghosts, witches, curses, a mad woman, a sailor, a fair maiden, professional bridesmaids, disguises, and even a wicked villain who tries to make off with the fair maiden. All of the Baronets of Ruddigore are under a curse enacted by a witch long ago -- 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 10 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 -- and his duties. Robin must somehow find a way to lead the honest life he loves -- but how?
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Script and Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert