The Pirates of Penzance
by W S Gilbert & Sir Arthur Sullivan
Wednesday 30 October - Saturday 2 November 2019 at Hampton Hill Theatre
Directed by Gareth Bevan
Musical direction by Lee Dewsnap
Pictured below: our 2006 production of 'Pirates' with Tony Cotterill as Frederic (centre), Sue Bell as Ruth (far left) and members of the male chorus including the late, great Peter King (third from left).
One of the most popular G&S shows of all, with memorable musical numbers including 'Poor Wandering One' 'I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major-General' 'With Cat-like Tread' and of course 'A Policeman's Lot (Is Not a Happy One)'.
You can find more details about the show at the Gilbert & Sullivan Archive: https://gsarchive.net/pirates/html/index.html
We are delighted to announce that Gareth Bevan will be our director for this show. Gareth returned to HLOC as one of the 'Balconeers' for last year's production of Ruddigore, having previously played Ralph Rackstraw in 'HMS Pinafore' and Sir Arthur Sullivan himself in 'Tarantara! Tarantara!'
The first Pirates rehearsal will be on Monday 13 May when Gareth introduces his vision for the show.
Auditions will be on Saturday 8 June.
The first full read-through of the show with the cast will be on Monday 17 June.
"While being in the “Balconeers” for Ruddigore, I remembered how much I love G&S which is really what got me into theatre in the first place, having joined St Mary’s G&S at the age of 15. Nearly 50 years on I reckon I have been involved in nearly 300 productions with a number of companies. In addition to St Mary’s I have also been a member of The Young Savoyards, Southall Opera Company, Kingston Operatic and Triffid Productions as well as appearances with other groups including Hounslow with whom I was Ralph Rackstraw in Pinafore and Sir Arthur Sullivan in Tarantara.
Currently I am a member of GLOC Musical Theatre and The Questors both of whom I have directed and acted with in recent years as well as being musical director on a couple of shows for GLOC. When not tied up with these I play guitar and bass, and sing in an a capella vocal group called Vocalease.
My experience of directing varies from G&S to musicals, Ayckbourn to Shakespeare and most recently I directed All Shook Up for GLOC. Although I am now retired I spent the largest chunk of my working career as Production Manager for Ealing Council’s events team organising such things as The Ealing Jazz Festival, The Ealing Comedy Festival and The London Mela."
We can't wait to work with Gareth on 'Pirates'. Will you be joining us? All new members welcome, especially men - if you've ever fancied being a pirate or a policeman, now's your chance!