Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore

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Ruddigore

As was customary for W.S. Gilbert, as soon as The Mikado had its opening night, he started work on the next production – Ruddygore. However, due to other work commitments, Sullivan delayed setting the opera to music until the latter part of 1886 – with rehearsals finally being commenced in December of the same year. The tenth Savoy Opera, Ruddygore … Read More

Catuvellauni Tribe and the Dyke

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Roman Helmet

Take a walk around the grounds of Grim’s Dyke and you’ll see what remains of an ancient Dyke running through our woodlands. The Dyke has a long and speculative history. It is said to have originally been built in the 1st Century by the Catuvellauni tribe to defend against the Romans – but that the very people it was built … Read More

For Whisky Lovers

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Whisky

For Whisky Lovers For both budding and experienced lovers of the wee dram, here is your perfect opportunity to experience an evening of socialising, good conversation and single Malts. With over 50 single Malts to choose from, you’ll get the chance to try many of our favourites. Specialised evenings at the Grim’s Dyke always consist of excellent conversation, great service … Read More

The Pirates of Penzance

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Pirate of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance was the fifth collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan. It has been performed in Britain for over a century by various opera companies, including the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Performed by Broadway, imitated by various companies, and modernised into film, Pirates of Penzance is another much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan opera. Comic opera in two acts. Premiered officially … Read More

W.S. Gilbert’s love of motor cars

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Old Car

In the latter part of 1902, W.S. Gilbert introduced his first American steam motor car to Grimm’s Dyke and Harrow Weald. His love of the motor car was so strong, he converted the stables at Grim’s Dyke into garages to house the collection he subsequently amassed. But being a Justice of the Peace for Middlesex, with a rather dry sense … Read More

Private Parties at The Grim’s Dyke

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Bow Tie

Perfect for any occasion The Grim’s Dyke Hotel is perfectly suited for any size party, making it an ideal place for everything from baby showers and christenings to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Maybe you’re looking for somewhere to host your engagement party and wedding, or even an anniversary celebration or funeral gathering – with The Grim’s Dyke you’ll have a perfect 19th … Read More

A brief history of ‘Grim’s Dyke Opera’

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Mikado Maids

This week we are joined by Guest Blogger and Artistic Director of Grim’s Dyke Opera, Victoria Whittaker. Born of the sad demise of The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company The Grim’s Dyke Opera was formed after the demise of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company to provide the very best of Gilbert and Sullivan using the expertise of the most notable G & … Read More

Christmas season of events at Grim’s Dyke

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Gingerbread

The Grim’s Dyke Hotel just launched their Christmas Season of Events. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to have your office party or something different to do with the family this Christmas, we have a wide variety of choices for you. Our Christmas Entertainment this year includes disco evenings, magic shows and luxurious meals – for further details you can click here. … Read More

Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado

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Mikado

The Mikado (or The Town of Titipu) was Gilbert & Sullivan’s ninth collaboration. Set in Japan, the story is based around the chief executioner, who has a tender heart that is in direct opposition to that needed for his official duties. The Mikado has an impressive operatic history – but this Savoy Opera nearly didn’t happen at all. Earning its … Read More

The Avengers TV series: lights, camera and… Grim’s Dyke?

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The Avengers

Photo Source: MovieMail.com The Avengers was a hugely successful ‘spy-fi’ British TV series that ran for 6 series (161 episodes) from 1962 to 1969. Featuring Patrick Macnee as the impeccably dressed British secret agent ‘John Steed’, he was seldom seen without his bowler hat, umbrella or feisty, assertive female assistant. All change at The Avengers Series 6 of The Avengers … Read More