Monday, 1 August 2022

Booking for Yeomen now open!

The Box Office is now open for our production of The Yeomen of the Guard!  

Set in the Tower of London. Colonel Fairfax, a gentleman, soldier and scientist is wrongly accused of sorcery, imprisoned in the Tower and sentenced to be beheaded within the hour.

To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser he secretly marries strolling gypsy, Elsie Maynard.

Jester Jack Point is also in love with Elsie but agrees to the marriage knowing that Fairfax will soon be executed. However, Fairfax escapes, throwing the Tower into confusion and setting in motion a number of intriguing plot twists ending in tragedy for one of the players.

The Yeomen of the Guard is deeper and darker than the usual comic Gilbert & Sullivan operas and is perhaps the most emotionally engaging with many considering the score to be Sullivan’s finest.

Click here for tickets or anywhere you see the booking button! 

THE BOX OFFICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

We are recruiting!

PBGS is looking for Yeomen, townspeople and dancers to join our autumn production of Yeomen of the Guard. 

All ages from 18-90 (and beyond!) are welcome, as are all voice ranges. We rehearse at Harlington Methodist Hall, Bedfordshire on a Tuesday evening, and some Sunday afternoons, with the production taking place at the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, Herts on 12-15 October 2022. Want to get back on stage or fancy trying trying G&S? Contact Paula Fraser on paulafras@aol.com

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Important rehearsal announcement

From Tuesday 10th May, all rehearsals through May, June and July will be at Harlington Methodist Church Hall, Sundon Road, Harlington LU5 6LR. Tuesdays 7.45pm and Sundays 2.30pm.
 
Rehearsals will be back at our usual venue at Streatley Village Hall in August!
 


Saturday, 26 March 2022

Yeomen Launch Night!

We have a Song to Sing O! Yes - April 5th is the launch night for our next Production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard. Everyone welcome to come and hear all about the show, sing some music and get a handle of those audition pieces! Launch night is at Streatley Village Hall LU3 3PS. Auditions will take place on the 3rd and 8th May and you will find all the information and documents you need here in Dropbox.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Thank you to all our lovely audiences for supporting us at our Gala Showcase in Pirton! It was great to be finally back onstage revisiting some of the highlights of our 50 years of performing for you.

Part of our 50th Anniversary plans was to present Gilbert and Sullivan's master work, The Yeomen of the Guard. Well, we've finally got there for our 51st year! It's now planned for October 2022 back in our usual home of the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin. Watch this space for full booking details! We have a great team with Alison Gibbs as our producer (our 'fairytale' Trial by Jury, Mikado, Iolanthe along with several more superb productions) and Jane Stott as our MD (The Merry Widow, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). We are looking forward to all working together again on one of G&S's most operatic works. With all the usual comedy, misunderstandings and wonderful music, Yeomen is also a deeper work with real characters, broken hearts and betrayals. Is there a happy ending? Well, you'll have to join us and see!



Wednesday, 16 February 2022

There are still tickets available for our fabulous Gala Showcase featuring memorable moments from our 50 years of performing. Want to revisit highlights from some of Gilbert and Sullivan's best loved operettas? See the Merry Widow Grisettes again? Rediscover the fabulous music of Sondheim? Revisit the extraordinary mix of comedy and drama in Jack the Ripper? Well, we have all that and more! 

Pirton Village Hall is a great venue with a bar and parking. We look forward to sharing an evening of top quality singing, comedy and dancing with you. Just click on the booking link below to secure your seats:


 

Thursday, 20 January 2022

Gala Showcase booking now open!


 

Great news - booking is now open for our Gala Showcase, a celebration of all the wonderful shows performed by PBGS over our 50 years of treading the boards. From Gilbert & Sullivan, operetta and musicals to Stephen Sondheim, we are presenting two nights of staged numbers with high quality singing, hilarious sketches and dancing!

It's wonderful to be taking the stage again and we look forward to seeing you at Pirton Village Hall, a great venue for our concert with a bar and wonderful acoustics!


 


Saturday, 1 January 2022

We at PBGS wish you all a very Happy New Year! 

Take a look at what we have coming up in 2022 - a Gala Showcase in Pirton in March, two CDs coming out of our productions of The Sorcerer and Trial By Jury, and a production of Gilbert & Sullivan's masterwork, The Yeomen of the Guard, in the Autumn. More information on all of these and how to order your copies of the CDs and tickets for the Gala will be coming soon

Here's to a music filled year. Have a great 2022 everyone!

Saturday, 18 December 2021

 
 
Look what we’ve got! Jingle those bells, our CD recording of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer has arrived! They will be on sale in 2022, so watch this space in the New Year for full details on how to order your copy. We are also working on our recording of Trial by Jury which will be released not long after Sorcerer, so there will be two fantastic productions to look forward to. These are the shows which we should have performed as a double bill in March 2020 when the first Covid lockdown struck. Alas, we never made it past our tech rehearsal so it's good to have all those fantastic performances on record even if they never made the stage!
 
2021 has been a another difficult year for performers but together we managed to create something wonderful. It has been an amazing experience making a professional recording so many, many thanks to everyone who made this possible. What a way to celebrate our 50th Anniversary!



 

Friday, 26 November 2021

Announcing our next production!

We are busy rehearsing for our next production which will be at Pirton Village Hall in March. Our Gala will showcase the best of our 50 years of Shows with staged excerpts from all the Gilbert and Sullivan favourites, musicals and operetta from The Merry Widow to Jack the Ripper, and a smattering of Stephen Sondheim. Music, dancing, sketches and much more! We hope you will all join us for what will be a wonderful evening.

Booking will be opening soon so watch this space!

 

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

PBGS 50 Years Singing #12: Trial by Jury at Harrogate 2015


Continuing our look back at 50 years of PBGS, in 2015, in a unique collaboration, we performed once again at The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival (now in a new home at Harrogate) alongside fellow G&S Society, Wolverton. PBGS performed our acclaimed Fairytale production of Trial by Jury in the Festival Fringe in Harrogate Theatre, in a double bill with Wolverton G&S's The Zoo. A few members from each Society crossed over into each other’s shows to add to the fun and dressing room mayhem! 

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

PBGS 50 Years Singing #11: PBGS stages our first Stephen Sondheim

Our 2014 production of Into the Woods
 Continuing our look at the history of PBGS, in 2014 we expanded our musical horizons to tackle the challenges of Stephen Sondheim by putting on a production of 'Into the Woods', a twist on old fairytales which weaves several fairy-tale characters into a story of magic beans and the danger of wishes. 
 
'Into the Woods' is a very difficult show, both musically and production wise, but it also has lots of really wonderful parts which gave us a chance to showcase the huge range of talent we have in the Society. 
 
Since then we have tackled two more Sondheim’s: 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' (2017) and 'A Little Night Music' (2018), gathering several NOVAtion Awards and Nominations along the way.
 
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 2017
 
A Little Night Music 2018


Sunday, 1 August 2021

Back together singing at last!

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

PBGS 50 Years Singing #10: Singing for the BBC

 

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!