We regret that due to unforeseen circumstances, PBGS is having to postpone this event. New dates will be announced in due course. We will be in contact with those that have already purchased tickets to confirm refund details.
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Sunday, 29 August 2021
We are very excited to tell you that we are back rehearsing again and will be taking the stage on the 22nd and 23rd October with our 50th Anniversary Concert!
PBGS 50 Years of Shows will feature favourite highlights from the many productions we've done over the years with plenty of G&S, Musicals, Sondheim and sketches. There will be something for everyone, both for our audiences and for those for us who are desperate to get back on stage!
We will be performing at the Mountford Hall, Hitchin Town Hall, Hitchin SG5 1HX. This is a great concert venue with lovely acoustics, bar, a central location and great parking nearby. We are looking forward to seeing you there and sharing some musical magic with you.
Booking will be online and our Box Office will be open soon with full details and links.
Tuesday, 24 August 2021
It quickly became evident the main advantage of moving from Buxton to Harrogate for the Festival was Betty’s Teashop. Fortified by cake the Society triumphed and the appreciative audience carried on applauding long after the curtain came down, much to our delight.
Tuesday, 10 August 2021
|Our 2014 production of Into the Woods|
Sunday, 1 August 2021
|Everyone at the Big Sing|
Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for for so long, PBGS back together singing again!
This is The PBGS Big Sing, recording the chorus numbers for our 50th Anniversary CD of ‘Trial by Jury’ and ‘The Sorcerer’ at Area 88 in Milton Keynes. Over the last 15 months we have all stayed in touch through Zoom with show readings, quizzes and bingo nights, but this is the real thing - all of us raising our voices together doing what we love. Many thanks to our MD, Graham Thomson, for keeping us together and making the day such fun, to Cynthia at the piano with her page-turner-extraordinaire other half, and to the wonderful Mike Crofts on sound. And also to Teresa and Jon Newham for photos and looking after us all. This was ‘too much happiness’. We really raised that roof!
Watch this space for details of the CD when we have finished recording and production.
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
|Waiting outside the Harold Pinter Theatre|
Continuing our history of PBGS as part of our 50th celebrations, on 25th June 2012 we were asked by the BBC's "The One Show" (with one weeks' notice!) if we would perform the opening chorus from Iolanthe for them. This performance was to be recorded as part of the story of how Fairy lights gained their name. Iolanthe premiered at the Savoy and was the first ever show to be lit by electric light. New lighting technologies made such special effects as sparkling fairy wands possible for the first time. The principal fairies' heads were lit by wreaths of small illuminated stars attached to a battery.
Luckily we had a set of fairy costumes (as you do!) so we quickly choreographed the number, organised two hasty rehearsals and gathered as much fairy dust as possible! A small group us and two members of Wolverton G&S Society headed to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End. After about ten takes with some close ups and wider shots, the filming was over 45 minutes earlier than scheduled, much to the production team’s delight.
Although the sequence ended up on the cutting room floor due to time constraints on the day, we loved being involved in this and we can say we have performed on a West End Stage!
Monday, 5 July 2021
Continuing our history of PBGS, in 2011 we returned for a third time to Buxton and the International G&S Festival with our Gilbert and Sullivan Sketch Show, which we performed at the newly refurbished Pavillion Theatre as part of the Festival Fringe. Written and produced by current Chairwoman, Paula Fraser, it took the audience on a whirlwind tour through all the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire, linking highlights and themes together and marking each one with a succession of hats and props. It was huge fun for us and the audience, with some crazy moments backstage as we constantly changed characters, but it showcased the huge range of talent in the Society by giving everyone something to perform.