Monday, 31 March 2014

Mikado opens 9th April!

Nanki Poo, Yum Yum, Pitti Sing and Pooh Bah celebrate the' Flowers that Bloom in the Spring'
Just over a week to go before we open at The Queen Mother Theatre! We are all working hard brushing up on our fan work and the show has really come together ready for the stage.

The Mikado is full of musical highlights including Yum Yum's beautiful solo 'The Sun who's Rays', the Mikado's list of fitting punishments 'A More Humane Mikado', which amazingly was nearly cut by Gilbert at the Dress Rehearsal and only restored by a deputation from the D'Oyly Carte chorus, and the fast paced trio, 'Here's a How-de-do'. One of the most famous songs in the G&S canon, 'Tit Willow', is sung by a desperate Ko Ko to the object of his very reluctant attentions, the terrifying Katisha. The song was much parodied at the time and there was a lot of debate amongst ornithologists as to exactly which bird Gilbert meant, as willow tits didn't arrive in Britain until 1900. Most likely he just loved the sound of it. 'Tit Willow' has even been immortalised by Rowlf and an equally reluctant Sam the Eagle on The Muppets (thanks to Eve for sending the link). Click on the link below to see it on Youtube:

Tickets are selling fast so make sure you don't miss out. All tickets should now be ordered direct from the Queen Mother theatre: 


Monday, 24 March 2014

Time to order your Mikado tickets!

Mikado rehearsals are coming along apace, as you can see from these photos! This promises to be a fantastic show - we have a great cast, a very funny production and a wonderful set of traditional costumes (who can resist all that shuffling in kimonos?). This is Gilbert and Sullivan's most enduringly popular collaboration, a treat for G&S buffs and a great introduction to the cannon for those that have never seen a G&S before.

Tickets are selling like those proverbial hot-cakes, so be sure to book now to make sure you get the evenings and seats you want. There are several ordering options:

  • Place an order through the 'Order Tickets' button on the top right of this page

Photos: © Sue Wookey

Monday, 17 March 2014

G&S Singalong to celebrate World Gilbert and Sullivan Day!

The 3rd May will be the first ever Global Gilbert and Sullivan Day and PBGS is preparing a special celebration with a G&S Singalong at Harlington Village Hall.

We'd love to hear from singers from other local groups who'd like to join us on the day for solos or ensembles as well as joining in all those lovely choruses. Please contact Paula Fraser on or 07956 678720 if you'd like to join in as a singer or if you would like to order tickets as an audience member. Tickets to take part are £5 and there will be home baked refreshements (the Mary Berry effect gets everywhere...).

This will be a fun way to celebrate Gilbert and Sullivan in style by singing all our favourites, many of them as loudly as possible!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Local shows: Patience and Crazy for You

Our ever busy members are involved in two local shows this month. Paula and Jo are performing in Patience with Woverton G&S over at Stantonbury Campus:

7.30pm 25th to 29th March 2014
Stantonbury Campus Theatre, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes

And Louise is over with Harpenden Operatic performing in Crazy For You at Harpenden Public Halls:

24th to 29th March 2014
Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden, Herts
Tel: 07817 331150
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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Into the Woods cast

We have a nearly full cast for our October production of Into the Woods. Congratulations to everyone who was successful, the auditions were outstanding and we certainly made the Panel's job as difficult as possible!

The cast so far is as follows:
NARRATOR - Paul Blunt
THE WITCH - Paula Fraser
CINDERELLA - Alice Bridges
STEWARD - Barny Shergold
BAKER - Graham Breeze
BAKER’ WIFE - Zoe Jasko
JACK - Shayn Dickens
JACK’S MOTHER - Sue Wookey
RED RIDING HOOD - Rhiannon Gibbs
FLORINDA - Nicole Santlemann
LUCINDA - Catherine Harvey
There are four recalls which will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 11 March. If anyone wants to re-audition or audition for the first time for any of these parts, can they please contact Paula on
There are three further small speaking parts to cast. Anyone interested in any of the following should contact Paula on These parts may not be auditioned: