IT’S A match made in Gilbert and Sullivan heaven.

Take the story of John Wellington Wells, the celebrated dealer in magic and spells, add the creative comedy of Oxfordshire based company Opera Della Luna and the result is? A packed Lawrence Batley Theatre.

Opera Della Luna started having fun and games with the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan back in the Nineties and have since become regular visitors to Huddersfield.

The company returns to the LBT’s main house on Thursday with its new production of The Sorceror. This is its only Yorkshire date this season.

If you are not sure about what to expect, then look no further than the company’s name. It’s from Haydn’s operatic setting of Goldoni’s farce Il Mondo della Luna, which all sounds a bit serious until you realise that it’s really a licence to re-invent classic Gilbert and Sullivan.

Last autumn, it was fun and frolics at the LBT for Opera Della Luna in The Parson’s Pirates, as the Reverend Arthur Bender and his merry band of thespians staged a performance of the Pirates Of Penzance.

In previous seasons, the company has given us The Mikado set in the zany world of modern fashion houses, with costumes inspired by Versace and Jean-Paul Gautier and many other fresh takes on G and S favourites.

This time round, the company has whisked The Sorceror from its original Victorian setting to sleepy rural Britain in the 1970s.

But the original story about John Wellington Wells, who causes havoc by putting a powerful aphrodisiac into the village hall teapot, creates just as much chaos in this reworked Seventies scenario.

The company promises “marvellous illusion and a terrible surprise,” and if previous shows are anything to go by, there will be both of those and plenty of fun too.

Jeff Clarke directs and the design is by Graham Wynne, well known as a theatre designer but also a dab hand at home design as seen on BBC’s Changing Rooms.

The cast features popular Opera della Luna regulars Philip Cox, Ian Belsey and Richard Gauntlett who have been seen both in Opera della Luna’s productions and at the Buxton International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.

The show is on April 7 at 7.30pm, the box office is on 01484 430528 or you can book online at