Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Booking for Harrogate

Harrogate Theatre
Time to book your tickets to see us perform our fabulous fairy tale version of Trial by Jury on the 22nd August 2015 at 2.30pm at Harrogate Theatre. We will be taking our production up north as part of the Fringe event for the International Festival of Gilbert and Sullivan. And, in a double bill, Wolverton G&S will be joining us and taking their modern day version of The Zoo as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.

Alison Gibbs's Noda Award Nominated production of Trial was a huge success when we performed it at the Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin in 2013, and we are thrilled to be performing it again in such a beautiful venue as part of an international event. If you would like to be there to support us, tickets are already going fast. They can be booked Via the Harrogate Theatre Website:

Harrogate Theatre.

We would love to see our friends there to cheer us on!



Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Time to buy your PBGS Polo Shirt!


Check out our smart new PBGS Polo Shirts! Produced in navy, they are top quality shirts and are available in a wide rage of sizes for only £15. They are available at rehearsals or by ordering via info@pbgs.org. Perfect for rehearsing in and for all those show promotions we do!

We will be sporting these all around Harrogate when we take part in the Interntational G&S Festival  on the 22nd August. Nobody's going to miss that logo!

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Monday, 13 July 2015

HMS Pinafore Review


Many thanks to Nova Horley of Noda for her review of our June production of HMs Pinafore:
"PBGS really does G&S well – we had a super set and great costumes, with some interesting direction from new Director Amanda Sayers."
"The costumes were colourful, I loved the ladies red and blue dresses – very fetching, and also the turquoise that Hebe and Jebe wore. As always with PBGS they looked fresh and managed to suit everyone."
"The two stand out characters for me were Graham Breeze as Captain Corcoran and Paula Fraser as Josephine – they both gave their parts energy and expression along with a real understanding of the meaning of the words, both sung and spoken, combined with humour and angst where relevant. Well done to you both." 
Read Nova's full review which you can also download here as a PDF.

Photo: XMO4 Productions
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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Trial by Jury at Harrogate


Remember Trial By Jury? Hopefully you do, because it's time for us to dust off our fairytale characters as we start (resume?) rehearsals this coming Sunday for our performance at the Harrogate International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. We will be taking the stage on the afternoon of 22th August as part of the Festival Fringe.

Our ranks will be swelled by members of Wolverton G&S who we look forward to welcoming into the fold! We are forming a unique partnership with Wolverton, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year by taking their production of The Zoo to perform on the same afternoon. In a unique opportunity, performers are able to perform in both productions.

Reahearsals start at 3pm on Sunday 12th July at Streatley Village Hall.  


Photos by XMO4 Productions 
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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

A Message from our Presidents

A lovely message to all of us from our Presidents Elected:
To Putt,

We’d just like to add our congratulations and thanks to you all for entertaining us so well on Friday and Saturday. It was a joy to be in the audience and, as Alistair said, “I haven’t seen so much movement in Pinafore”. You all seemed to be having a wonderful time too – and in our book, that’s what makes it all so well worthwhile (and the hard work of its organisation and money raising!).

Thank you to all those ladies who helped with costumes too. It was greatly appreciated.

No doubt we’ll see you next at Harrogate and we look forward to that very much.

Sincerely yours,

Anne & Tony Critchley
Our thanks also go to Anne and Tony whose sterling support for PBGS is invaluable!
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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Thank you to our audiences!

A big thank you to all who joined us onboard HMS Pinafore this week. Your support and appreciation has meant that we have had a fantastic time! Pinafore may have docked, but there is still plenty going on:

We are off to Harrogate on the 22nd August 2015 when we will be performing our production of Trial by Jury at Harrogate Theatre as part of the Fringe event for the International Festival of Gilbert and Sullivan. We will be forming a unique partnership with Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, and who will be taking their production of The Zoo to perform on the same afternoon. Any Gilbert and Sullivan lovers who would like to attend the Festival and cheer us on will find more information at www.gsfestivals.org.

Our next local production will be an autumn concert at the Queen Mother Theatre where we will present The Best of All Musical Worlds from 9th - 10th October 2015. Watch this space for more details! And in Spring 2016 we will be back with Gilbert and Sullivan's battle of the sexes in a production of Princess Ida.


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

HMS Pinafore sets sail!


Now give three cheers, we'll lead the way - Hoorah, Hoorah, Hooray! Our sparkling production of HMS Pinafore opens Wednesday at the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin. We are now under full sail on the 'ocean blue', bringing you the full G&S mix of romance triumphant against unlikely odds, surprising secrets, mistaken identity, mixed up babies and quality singing!

Pinafore runs from Wednesday to Saturday with a Saturday Matinee. Tickets available from the Queen Mother Theatre. Book now to avoid disappointment as our shows are always popular!


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

One week to Pinafore!



One week to go until we take the stage at the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, with our fabulous production of HMS Pinafore. There will be a few G&S surprises along the way in this extended show!

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As you can see from our rehearsal photos, we are working very hard in a show that will be full of movement and humour as Ralph, the lowliest Tar who ploughs the water, seeks the hand of Josephine, the Captain's Daughter, despite the best efforts of Dick Deadeye, Sir Joseph Porter and her Father.


Ordering options:
  • Place an order by clicking on the button above for full online booking.
  • Or ring PBGS on 07946 264886. Please also ring this number for special seating requirements.

Friday, 15 May 2015

HMS PInafore


20 days to go to our production of HMS Pinafore! Will Ralph, 'the lowliest tar who sails the water' win the hand of Josephine and steal her away from her 'papa's luxurious home, hung with ancestral armour and old brasses', or will Joesphine end up Sir Jospeh Porter and a lifetime of hornpipes? Well - this is G&S. Can you guess? Book your tickets online by clicking our order button, or visit our Shows and Tickets page for more options.

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'A British Tar is a soaring soul
as free as a mountain bird
his energetic fist should be ready to resist
a dictatorial word '

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Why Mike Leigh loves G&S

Mike Leigh, who is directing The Pirates of Penzance for the ENO, talks to The Times about why he thinks Glibert and Sullivan are underrated geniuses:
'The inscription of WS Gilbert’s memorial on the Thames Embankment in London reads “His Foe was Folly, and his Weapon Wit”. This is too coy. Gilbert saw the world as a chaotic place in which our lives are brutal accidents of birth, fate and human blunder, a jungle of confusion and delusion, where we all aspire to be other than what we are, and where nobody is really who or what they seem to be. Power. Status. Rank. Duty. Hypocrisy and affectation. Youth and old age. Gilbert’s obsessions inform all these operas, his greatest being the arbitrary nature of society’s absurd rules and regulations...'
 Read the rest of Leigh's fascinating article here at www.thetimes.co.uk.

For your own slice of local G&S, don't forget to order your tickets for our June production of HMS Pinafore by clicking on our order button. For more booking info see here.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Why Pinafore will always 'sail the ocean blue'


We are all really looking forward to presenting to you our coming production of HMS Pinafore, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operas!

Pinafore opened on the 25th May 1878 at the Opera Comique in London. It was an instant success with 571 performances, an almost unprecedented run for the time. Originating from three of Gilbert’s popular Bab’s Ballads, Gilbert sent the idea for HMS Pinafore to Sullivan not long after the opening of Sorcerer. It contained, among other things, “a song (kind of “Judge’s song”) for the First Lord - tracing his career as office-boy in cotton-broker’s office, clerk, traveller, junior partner, and First Lord of Britain’s Navy” (Gilbert’s letter to Sullivan in 1877). Sullivan loved the plot idea, as did D'oyly Carte. In later years Gilbert admitted that the now familiar title, 'HMS Pinafore', was thought up purely as a rhyme to go with ‘and three cheers more'!

The operetta opened to mainly glowing reviews, with the Standard describing the set as “ So perfect a quarter-deck as that of HMS Pinafore has assuredly never been put upon the stage. Every block and rope to the minutest detail is in its place, in fact it is an exact model of what it represents... here we find that marvel of marvels, a chorus that acts, and adds to the reality of the illusion.” At least five numbers were encored on the opening night and the critics were full of praise for all the original principals which included later G&S luminaries, Rutland Barrington as Captain Corcoran and George Grossmith as Sir Joseph Porter. “The curtain fell amidst enthusiastic applause and Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan and the principal performers were called to the footlights, and greeted most heartily, a compliment most thoroughly deserved, for the success of the comic opera and the genuine enjoyment of the audience had derived from it was unquestionable. The performance was, for a first night, capital.” (Era). Within a year its popularity was such that almost every major city in America had a company illegally performing HMS Pinafore (something which Gilbert, Sullivan and Carte had to go to great lengths to tackle in their next collaboration, The Pirates of Penzance!).

The Globe said that “it will probably be a long time before HMS Pinafore is laid up in dock”. So PBGS is proud to be ‘sailing the ocean blue’ with her at the Queen Mother Theatre Hitchin from 3rd – 6th June (including a Saturday Matinee). Click below to book your passage on Pinafore and join us on the Portsmouth tide:

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Ordering options:
  • Place an order by clicking on the button above for full online booking.
  • Or ring PBGS on 07946 264886. Please also ring this number for special seating requirements.
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015


Only 5 weeks until HMS Pinafore! This is shaping up to be an absolutely fantastic show so start booking now through the PBGS Box Office to ensure a good seat for this hilarious tale of love, hypocrisy and mistaken identity. Sparkling music, romance, comedy and hornpipes for all the family.

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  • Place an order by clicking on the button above for full online booking.
  • Or ring PBGS on 07946 264886. Please also ring this number for special seating requirements.
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Zoo and Trial: Charles Court Opera


The fantastic Charles Court Opera are presenting The Zoo and Trial by Jury at the Kings Head Theatre:
'Hot on the tail of their 10 year anniversary Ruddigore, Charles Court Opera "the masters of G&S in small spaces" (CNJ) present this special treat for CCO and King's Head opera fans - a one act comedy from Bolton Rowe and Sullivan, set in a tumultuous London Zoo, with a suicidal chemist and a Peer in disguise, and Gilbert and Sullivan's parody of the British judicial system. Both are given a CCO treatment that will leave your sides splitting as you roll down the aisle.  
These two hilarious farces promise a veritable cocktail of madness and mayhem for a strictly limited season of only 8 performances.'
The Zoo & Trial by Jury
 
For a strictly limited season of 8 Sunday performances
3pm and 7pm on 19 / 26 April & 3 / 10 May

Friday, 10 April 2015

PBGS Box Office Open!

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The PBGS Box Office is now open for online booking for our June production of HMS Pinafore. Click on the button above wherever you see it or visit our Shows and Tickets page for more information.

Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious tale of love, hypocrisy and mistaken identity unravels when Josephine, the Captain's daughter, is pledged by her father to marry Sir Joseph Porter, despite her infatuation with a common sailor. Music, romance, comedy and hornpipes for all the family.

HMS PINAFORE
by WH Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan
3rd - 8th June 2015
Queen Mother Theatre
Hitchin 
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Thursday, 2 April 2015

PBGS G&S Gala in Welwyn Garden City


Can't wait to get your next fix of Gilbert and Sullivan?  Well wait no longer. PBGS will be performing a programme of G&S favourites at the Free Church, Welwyn Garden City on Sunday 19th April, 6pm. This will be a fantastic evening of Gilbert and Sullivan choruses, solos, duets, trios and quartets for your delight and delectation!

Entrance is free with a retiring collection in aid of the Hertfordshire Breast Unit Appeal.

Gilbert and Sullivan Gala
Sunday 19th April, 6pm

The Free Church
Church Road 
Welwyn Garden City
Herts AL8 6PS

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Dorothy Williams

Dorothy Williams
PBGS is very sad to announce the news that former Chairman Dorothy Williams has suddenly died. Dorothy led the Society for many years and was the inspiration and driving force that took us to the International G&S Festival at Buxton in 2000. She believed that PBGS could meet the standards of the Festival, and her faith and confidence in the Society led to our successful performance of The Gondoliers and opened the way to many subsequent visits. Along with her husband, Paul, she also performed in shows and was huge fun to share the stage with. Dorothy finally left PBGS when she and Paul moved to Tetney near Grimsby, although she always followed PBGS's progress and maintained connections with the Society. She will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with Paul and all the members of her family.

Dorothy, on the right, in our 1996 production of Yeomen of the Guard

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Pinafore Piccies

Gaily tripping, lightly skipping to that shipping
Rehearsals for HMS Pinafore are well underway with much tripping from the ladies and hornpiping from the men. This is shaping up to be an absolutely fantastic show and if you think you know it well, you are in for some surprises!

HMS Pinafore will run from 3-6 June at the Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin. Not long now and our PBGS online Box Office will be open!

The ladies show off their co-ordinated brolly work
demonstrating the classic G&S aside
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Friday, 6 March 2015

Local shows

We are spoilt for choice in March with two local shows to support!

Wolverton G&S Society: HMS Pinafore and The Zoo

Wolverton G&S Society are performing HMS Pinafore and The Zoo on the 17th - 31st March. Several PBGS members are in both groups and are taking roles. This is a chance to see the production of The Zoo that Wolverton will be taking up to the International Festival of Gilbert and Sullivan in Harrogate, in tandem with our production of Trial by Jury.


7.30pm 17th to 21st March 2015
Stantonbury Campus Theatre

Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, MK14 6BN
Box Office 01908 262250 1st Night Costume Hire, Stony Stratford or click here

Hitchin Thespians: Jack the Ripper 

Hitchin Thespians are Performing Jack the Ripper on 18th - 21st March at the Woodside Hall in Hitchin. This is another chance to see the fantastic Pember and De Marne musical that PBGS enjoyed doing so much back in 2012.


7.45pm 18th - 21st March 2015
Woodside Hall
Hitchin SG4 9SP
Box Office 01462 641575 www.hitchinthespians.org.uk
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Putteridge Bury G&S Society goes International with friends!


Our 2013 production of Trial by Jury
Our amazing Fairy tale Trial by Jury received acclaim from audiences and NODA regional nominations, so what better way to celebrate this than to present it at the biggest International Festival of them all - and this time, with friends! On the 22nd August 2015 at 2.30pm, this society with be performing our production of Trial by Jury at Harrogate Theatre as part of the Fringe event for the International Festival of Gilbert and Sullivan.

But this time we will form a unique partnership with Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year by taking their production of The Zoo to perform on the same afternoon. In a unique opportunity, performers are able to perform in both productions if they wish, working with different Musical Directors and Directors. It is a marvellous opportunity to see other amateur and professional companies performing top quality G&S shows, to listen to speakers about the world of Gilbert & Sullivan, and a social event for morning to night as a celebration of all things G&S.

YOU CAN BE THERE! If you want to perform or help backstage at the Festival in one or both of the shows, please contact paulafras@aol.com.

BUT it is just as important to have supporters as audience to cheer us on. If you want to see us, then further information is available at www.gsfestivals.org

Rehearsals will take place from mid-July (Fridays for The Zoo in Stony Stratford and Sundays and Tuesdays for Trial by Jury in Streatley).

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Pinafore Audition results

Congratulation to everyone after some very strong auditions! Here is our cast for our summer show, HMS Pinafore:

Sir Joseph Porter - Peter Sayers
Captain Corcoran - Graham Breeze
Buttercup - Catherine Harvey
Ralph Rackstraw - Brian Miles
Josphine - Paula Fraser
Dick Deadeye - Paul Blunt
Boatswain - Roy Bride
Carpenter - Peter Johnson
Hebe - shared by Louise Thonger, Nicole Santleman and other to be announced

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