Gilbert and Sullivan Archive The Gondoliers. Tuesday, 6 Feb , pg. The performances, which will be given each evening this week at half-past seven, with a matinee on Saturday at half-past two, have many aspects of interest. It is the first time that an opera has been given at the Grand Theatre, amateur or professional; and the large stage several feet wider than that of the Royal, as a matter of fact lent itself to unusually picturesque grouping of the chorus, in their pretty costumes of bright and varied colours, so charming to look upon. Sherwin's musicians have the co-operation of the always excellent Grand orchestra; the long overture, so reminiscent of the opera as a whole, was played with point and culture, which charcterised the orchestration throughout, so that it was a distinct and leading feature of the evening's enjoyment.