|Grand Duke MD Graham Thomson|
|Grand Duke MD Graham Thomson|
|Paula Fraser as Desiree in A Little Night Music|
|Rachel Thomas as Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music|
|Sue Wookey as Baroness von Krakenfelt in The Grand Duke|
|Graham Thompson rehearsing Grand Duke|
'The highly popular Iolanthe was once banished from fairyland for marrying a mortal. Now, after 25 years as a waterlogged single mother, she and her son Strephon are reunited with their fellow fairies... only for Strephon's plans with beautiful shepherdess Phyllis to be thrown into disarray by a misunderstanding and some envious English lords. Add in insults to the Fairy Queen, and the result is a fairy/peer war.Buy your tickets now from the Queen Mother Theatre Box Office - they've already started to sell!
Which side will prevail? Will true love beat social status? Can Iolanthe avoid further condemnation? And just what does happen when a fairy ends up in parliament? Join us to find out!'
What a wonderful show Grand Duke has been. We were fortunate to see it twice on Thursday and Saturday and greatly enjoyed both times.Thanks to Mr and Mrs Parfitt for sharing how much they enjoyed the show with us, Grand Duke is a difficult show to pull-off successfully and encouraging words like these make all the hard work worthwhile! And, yes, we were all having a great time on stage!
This is one of the best productions of GD that we have seen ( and we have seen a few!). Careful editing of the text and tasteful updating plus superb direction gave us a lively, vibrant and colourful production. The set was simple but so effective and lighting well controlled and shaped the emotions of the scenes.
Choreography was fantastic and made full use of the stage. It was lovely to see all the chorus working so hard throughout, but also clearly showing that they were enjoying what they were doing. Strong performances from the Principals gave the finishing touches. All in all a show of which everyone can be proud. Please pass our congratulations and thanks to all.
We look forward to Iolanthe in October.
|Robert Kendrick as Rudolph and Sue Wookey as the Baroness|
|Paula Fraser as Julia and Stephen Hoath as Ludwig|
|The company rehearsing|
In the nation of Pfennig-Halbpfennig, the citizens are well and truly fed up with their ruler, the Grand Duke. A local theatrical company led by Ernest Dummkopf is involved in secret plans for a coup, but all are thrown into disarray when leading actor Ludwig inadvertently spills the beans to the Grand Duke’s detective. Chaos ensues when people try to save the day through a series of non-violent statutory duels with playing cards, where the loser legally ‘dies’ – starting a chain of 4 weddings and at least 2 ‘funerals’, together with political scheming. Into all this confusion come the Prince and Princess of Monte-Carlo with their newly-invented game of roulette… Will it be a happy ending? All bets are off!The production has been updated by our Director, Graham Breeze, and we are all enjoying being a theatrical troupe playing a Theatrical Troupe! Buy your tickets online direct from the Queen Mother Theatre here:
|Shayn Dickens as Henrik|
"Best Performance in a Musical is Paul Ramsey as King Arthur in DMTC’s production of Spamalot, an excellent performance on all levels. Runners Up are Aimee McCulloch for her interpretation of Joanne in Rent for Griffin Players, Shayn Dickens for his angst-Wonderful to see three performances from our production of A Little Night Music featured in the Review!
ridden Henrik in Putteridge Bury Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of A Little Night Music, and from the same production, Paula Fraser as Desiree and Rachel Thomas as Madame Leonora [Armfeld], both giving well- crafted characterisations."