Hounslow Light Opera - now HLO Musical Company - has been around since 1903, which makes us one of the longest-established amateur dramatics companies in west London.
We are a friendly crowd, always eager to welcome new faces. Our performing year usually consists of an autumn musical show plus a smaller-scale show, concert or revue in the spring, and other special events from time to time.
Gilbert, Sullivan and Cole
We have mainly been known as a Gilbert and Sullivan society, performing acclaimed productions of these comic operas, but over the years we have expanded our portfolio. In March 2016 we performed Godspell which, until Wicked came along, was Stephen Schwartz's best-known musical. In October 2015 we presented the UK premiere of The Pirate Queen, from the same people who brought you Les Miserables and Miss Saigon - Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. We have also taken on Little Shop of Horrors, The Pajama Game, Cole Porter's Anything Goes (twice) and another Stephen Schwartz show, The Baker's Wife.
In the past we have branched out into drama, specialising in comedy and farce with occasional excursions into dramatisations of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. Past plays include Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy, Terry Pratchett's Mort and Maskerade, and the Ray Cooney farces It Runs In The Family and Move Over Mrs Markham.
Concerts and revues
Past concerts have included such diverse numbers as The Teddy Bears' Picnic, Zadok the Priest, a Miss Saigon Medley and Battle Of The Fates from Star Wars. More recently we have been developing the concerts into revues including dance numbers and fully-staged versions of shorter shows, including Trial By Jury and an extremely rare Sullivan one-act operetta, The Zoo.
If you fancy joining us on stage or backstage, look at our 'Join Us' page. Or, just come along to a Monday night rehearsal. Rehearsals are 8pm at St Stephen's Church Hall, Parkside Road, Hounslow TW3 2BP (and you will probably find some of us in the Cross Lances pub afterwards).
A number of us feature in a Gilbert & Sullivan documentary by independent film-maker Michael Fleischer. Can you spot anyone you know in the trailer below?