Wednesday, 29 March 2017


Opening Night! Break a leg everyone and get handbags at the ready because the Pirates are here! Don't miss this hilarious production by Richard Fraser where Essex meets Pirates meets the Cornish Police and mayhem ensues.
'Having become an apprentice at the age of 8 to a bunch of useless Pirates, Frederic reaches his 21st birthday and swears to leave them and lead a blameless life – which means he will have to kill all the Pirates. As he leaves, he promises to marry his nursemaid, Ruth (47) until he sees other female faces in a bunch of Essex Girls on a day trip to the beach. Picking Mabel, he meets her father, The Major General, who pretends to be an orphan to escape from the pirates who want to run off with all his daughters. The Pirates are also all orphans and let them go, but they find out about the lie and head to Penzance to take revenge on the Major General, taking on a terrified Cornish Police force, despite the girls pleading for mercy. Until a secret is revealed by Ruth….'
All this week including a Saturday Matinee at the QMT Hitchin. Still a few tickets available for every performance, but they are going fast!

Pirates of Penzance
Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin
29th March - 1st April (including Saturday Matinee)

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

David Crew as the Major General and Stephen Hoath as the Pirate King
Tickets are selling very fast for our latest production of The Pirates of Penzance so visit the Box Office now if you want to be certain of seats for particular night!

Pirates is one of G&S's most popular shows and Richard Fraser's production is full of surprising twists that bring the humour bang up-to-date. Essex girls on a day out to the beach meet posh pirates of very little brain. Throw in some revenge, equality policing, orphans, some confusion over leap years and the odd cutlass or two and mayhem ensues. Fabulous singing, handbag dancing and piratical leaping about. How can you resist?

Emma Crew as Kate, and our Choreographer Vikki Rehm with David Crew

Pirates of Penzance
Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin
29th March - 1st April (including Saturday Matinee)

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Our own Pirates of Penzance Lego Movie


A very funny Pirates treat for you all!

Order your tickets now for our Pirates with a twist. Essex girls out for a day on the beach meet a bunch of Pirates who have been at sea for years. What could go wrong?

Pirates of Penzance
Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin
29th March - 1st April (including Saturday Matinee)

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

PBGS NEEDS YOU – TO BE A PATRON!



PBGS NEEDS YOU – TO BE A PATRON! 

PBGS is interested in recruiting more patrons to its ranks. This is an excellent way to support the society and ensure that we can keep presenting the shows that you love. There are three levels of patronage:

Bronze – This costs £25 per year. For this you get one free ticket to one of our shows (this is your choice) during that year. Your name will be listed in our programmes as a supporter and you will receive quarterly updates about PBGS.

Silver – This costs £50 per year. For this you get one free ticket to both our spring and autumn shows during that year. Your name will be listed in our programmes and you will receive quarterly updates.

Gold – This costs £75 per year. For this you get two free tickets to both our shows during that year, your name listed in our programmes and quarterly updates as well as voting rights at the AGM.

Patron membership runs from the month you sign up, and you will receive a reminder shortly before the end of ‘your’ year.

To sign up, all you have to do is to contact Vikki Rehm on 07817 043871 email: vrehm@gmx.com with details of what level you would like, your contact details, and your communication preferences for the updates.

This is an excellent opportunity for supporters of the Society to get more involved. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Pirates, "princesses" and WPC's


Photo shoots for press releases are always fun and when you get to dress up as a pirate, police woman, a "little princess" or the Major General, well you know it is going to be a giggle. And so it was, that some of the cast from our March production of The Pirates of Penzance ventured out on a brisk February morning and headed into the Hertfordshire countryside to the dusty old ruins of General Stanley's baronial hall.

After a quick change into our costumes, Victoria, our fabulous photographer set us in position and the shoot began. We had pirates chasing daughters, daughters posing and preening, the Major General squaring up to the Pirate King not to mention the very courageous WPC Rehm arresting the Pirate King. The click of the camera shutter echoed around the set as we re-enacted some of the best known scenes from the show. We probably could have finished a little sooner had we not laughed so much at our very glamorous "daughters" tottering their way through the ruins in giant high heeled shoes and not very warm outfits, or spent so long feeling the lovely plush (and warm) dressing gown of the Major General's second act costume but we were having fun!

So watch out for the photos from the shoot coming soon and don't forget to order your tickets now for our show "The Pirates of Penzance", 29 March - 1 April 2017 at The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin.


Photos: © Stephen Hoath

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Time to book your tickets for 'Pirates'!

Some photos of our ladies Pirates rehearsal in Hitchin last week to tease you - just a taster of what happens on pirate infested Cornish beaches these days! Tickets are already selling so time to get booking.

Pirates of Penzance, Queen Mother Theatre Hitchin, Wednesday and Saturday Matinee £11, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evening £12. Click on the button below or on the top right of this page for online booking with the QMT.

Emma Crew as 'Kate' and Bryony Reynolds as 'Edith'
MD Graham Thomson and Producer Richard Fraser

Choreographer Vikki Rehm with the ladies chorus

Ladies chorus with bumpers, aye, ever so many...

'Edith', 'Kate' and Katharine Crew as 'Isobel'

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Burns Night Celebration


Felici are presenting a lovely Burns Night Celebration concert this coming Saturday night, 7.30 at St Mary's Pirton:
'Do come along and support members and ex-members of PBGS (Jo Bigg, Zoe Jasko, Margaret Snape, Bob Little and David Crew) in an evening of Victorian and Scottish songs and poems - plus G&S of course! And Clifton will be playing the famous (and very difficult!) Rustle of Spring. There won’t be haggis, sadly, but there will be some Scottish nibbles, with mulled wine and whisky available! Please dress in something Scottish if you’d like to and help to make it a festive evening!'
 Tickets (£10) available from Margaret Johnson 01462 711399 or at the door. Proceeds in support of St Mary's Church, Pirton.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Wolverton's Jack the Ripper




Wolverton G&S is putting out a call for members to join in with their production of Jack the Ripper:
'Jack the Ripper (The Musical) is starting rehearsals for Wolverton G&S Society;
Friday 13th January from 7.30pm - please come and join us at the Hobby Horse Centre (Childrens Centre) at Stony Straford to hear Mike Crofts and Graham Breeze's introduction to Jack the Ripper. Our production will be 6-7th July 2017 at Stantonbury Theatre. Main rehearsals on a Friday night. Auditions to be held Wednesday 25th January 2017. Would be lovely to see some old and new faces! ;-)'
All of us who did this with PBGS in 2012 know what a fantastic show this is to be in!
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Monday, 2 January 2017

January Rehearsals

Happy New Year, PBGS Peeps!

Just a reminder that the next two rehearsals on Sun 8th and Tue 10th January are at Harlington Methodist Hall,








Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas from all of us at PBGS!


Have a wonderful Christmas and see you all in the new year for our sparkling production of The Pirates of Penzance!

Friday, 9 December 2016

New Committee

After our lively AGM on Tuesday, Santa Claus has been extra kind and brought PBGS a New Committee for Christmas and the New Year!

Chairman – Paula Fraser
Vice Chairman – Paul Kerswill
Secretary – Alice Bridges
Treasurer – Richard Fraser
Committee Members – Richard Dean, Stephen Hoath, Jon Newham, Vicki Rehm, Bryony Reynolds, Barny Shergold

Thanks to everyone willing to stand (and in some cases stand again). And many thanks to our retiring Secretary, David Crew, and Committee member Nicole Santelmann for all their hard work and commitment. 

The AGM was a cause of celebration, Anne and Tony Critchley were unanimously re-elected as our Presidents (no getting away now...) and three long serving and valuable PBGSers were made Honorary Life Members. We don't know where we'd be without Clive Wheeler, Paula Fraser and Richard Fraser, so many congratulations from all of us. You deserve it so much after years of working hard for us all.

  
Clive Wheeler as the Mikado
Paula Fraser as Josephine in HMS Pinafore
Richard Fraser in Jack the Ripper

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

PBGS Christmas Meal



The PBGS Christmas celebrations have been planned for a festive gathering and food scoffing on:

TUESDAY, 2OTH DECEMBER 2016
at 7.45pm at The Raven, Village Street, Hexton, Hitchin SG5 3JB


All members are welcome to book their place and bring partners if you wish.

You can see the Christmas Menu here - we will need a deposit of £10 per person as soon as possible. The full cost of the meal is £24.95 for 3 courses.

Please place your order and make payments to Paula Fraser - email: paulafras@aol.com, phone 07956 678720 or in person at rehearsals. If we know you will be there, we will reserve a place!

Looking forward to celebrating the season with you all!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Pirates Cast



We now have a cast for our next production of The Pirates of Penzance. Well done to those who were successful and to all those that auditioned, the standard was extremely high for all parts and it gave the panel a very difficult task!

Frederick –  Shayn Dickens
Pirate King - Stephen Hoath 
Samuel - Richard Dean 
Major General Stanley - David Crew 
Sgt of Police - Jon Newham
 

Mabel - Liz Bottone 
Ruth - Sue Wookey 
Edith - Bryony Reynolds 
Kate - Emma Crew 
Isabel - Katharine Crew 
Acting Sgt of Police - Nicole Santelmann

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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Important Pirates Audition Update

A message from our director, Richard Fraser:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, todays Auditions for Pirates of Penzance had to be cancelled at the very last minute.

On behalf of the committee and the production team I apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The auditions have now been re-scheduled for Sunday 27th November at 3pm.

If you are not able to make that date and still wish to be considered, then please let me know at soon as possible. We are currently planning to have Tuesday 22nd November as an alternative date when those not able to make the Sunday auditions will be videoed for the panel.

If you have already been videoed and now wish to audition live on the new date, please let me know so we can delete the video. None of the panel have seen these anyway.

In the meantime rehearsals for the next two Tuesday’s will continue as planned while I look at the impact this will have on the current schedule as we will have lost two weeks of principle work.  A revised schedule will be published at the earliest opportunity.

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Workshop reminder!


Just a reminder that Richard Syms, who directed our recent Merry Widow and our 2014 production of Into the Woods, is giving an acting workshop on the 12th November. Those of you who were in those productions will know how much fun it is to work with him and how he stretches us. This will be an enjoyable afternoon and a chance to hone those performance techniques!

You don't need to be a PBGS member to take part, just come along!

Richard's workshop will be at Streatley Village Hall, 12 November, 2pm-5pm, Cost: £5. Enquiries: 07946 264886.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Merry Widow Review

Nova Horley, our Noda Rep, has reviewed our recent prodution of The Merry Widow:
"I was interested that the Director had brought out much more humour in this version, which gave it dimension and interest.

The cast sang well, and the ensemble numbers were lively.

All in all an interesting and energetic version of an old favourite, with some well-sung performances from the various cast members."
Download a PDF of the full review here.
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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Acting workshop with Richard Syms


We have some exciting PBGS news - the chance to work on your acting skills with professional actor and director, Richard Syms. Richard directed our recent Merry Widow and our 2014 production of Into the Woods. Those of you who were in those productions will know how much fun it is to work with him and how he stretches us. This will be an enjoyable afternoon and a chance to hone those performance techniques!

Richard's workshop will be at Streatley Village Hall, 12 November, 2pm-5pm, Cost: £5. Enquiries: 07946 264886.

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

A Big Thank You!


A big, big thank you to our audiences for coming along to the Queen Mother Theatre and supporting us this week. Your cheers and applause really made The Merry Widow special. 

Our thanks also go to our Director, Richard Syms, Musical Director Jane Stott and Choreographer Vikki Rehm for your dedication and patience in getting the best out of us. Its been great fun. Not to  mention our tireless Stage Manager, Richard Fraser, for keeping us in line and working against the odds to get get the show off the ground, and the lovely Paula Fraser who costumed us up-to-the-nines in silks, suits, feathers and Pontevedrian ribbons. We all looked fab! Some of us wanted to keep them...


Our next production will be Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance which we will be presenting at The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin from the 29th March - 1st April 2017. It's going to be a rip-roaring production with a twist! We look forward to seeing you all again there.


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

One week until The Merry Widow opens!

Only one week to go! Our production of The Merry Widow opens at the Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin next Wednesday and runs until Saturday 8th October. Widow is full of glorious music, intrigue, waltzing and even a rip-roaring Can Can.
"Beautiful Anna’s late husband has left her a very rich woman. She’s so rich that the economy of Pontevedro depends on her marrying a local — so Baron Zeta springs into action with the help of his wife, Valencienne, to find Anna the right husband. It’s a tricky affair because Zeta wants it to be Count Danilo, an old flame, who has no intention of giving up bachelorhood, not with the Grisettes from Maxim’s around. Valencienne proposes Camille (who fancies Valencienne!) Rendezvous are rampant! Complications abound! Reputations are at stake and in the middle is poor Njegus, the Baron’s secretary, trying to prevent embarrassment all around. So who wins Anna’s heart? You’ll have to come and find out…."
Here is a little taster of some of the wonderful music Lehar wrote for Widow. Name that tune!



Book your tickets now for this very popular show to avoid disappointment!

 http://www.queenmothertheatre.org.uk/whatson/event/179825-merry-widow
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Sunday, 25 September 2016

PBGS on Three Counties Radio


PBGS is taking to the airwaves tomorrow on BBC's Three Counties Radio. Listen in at 3pm where Bryony Reynolds (The Merry Widow herself) and our choreographer, Vikki Rehm, will be talking to Nick Coffer about the show!

The Merry Widow runs from the 5th - 8th October. Book your tickets now for this very popular show directly from the Queen Mother Theatre Box Office.

Bryony rehearsing with Joe Emler (Camille)