IT sounds the sort of village where you might not want to linger.
It has a stately home where the lord of the manor gets his orders from the ghosts of his ancestors via the family portraits in the baronial hall.
And if he doesn’t commit his daily ration of crime, the bad baronet of Ruddigore finds life in Rederring in Cornwall, anything but quiet.
Add to that, the oddity of a village that boasts its own troupe of professional bridesmaids on duty (10am to 4pm daily!) just in case a rash of marriages should break out, and you have what else but the sheer fun of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Judge for yourself when Huddersfield Gilbert and Sullivan Society returns to the Lawrence Batley Theatre with its latest helping of G and S wizardry.
Ruddigore is packaged in the dark tones of Victorian melodrama but still packs an entertaining punch thanks to some of Sullivan’s most tuneful and a fistful of wacky characters. Step forward Mad Margaret and Sir Despard Murgatroyd.
Watch out too for some very lively country dancers and a whole company of singing and acting talent.
The Murgatroyds, Sir Roderick and Sir Despard are played by John Ramsdin and Bruce Merlin, two of the most experienced G and S performers around.
But there’s plenty of back-up too from Ian Grange, Paul Richmond and Richard Buxton with the village ladies represented by the singing talents of Elaine Clelland, Becky Gregson-Flynn and Celia Poole.
This is a society with a powerful performance track record and the production which opens on Tuesday May 12, will feature a full chorus of bridesmaids, villagers, ancestors and sailors!
Evening performances run all week (May 12-16) at 7.30pm plus a Saturday matinee. Box office is on 01484 430528.