October 2015

The Pirate Queen

We had a wonderful time performing the UK premiere of this colourful and exciting show by Les Miserables creators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. Directed by Bill Compton with musical director James Hall, assistant musical director Lee Dewsnap and a band including Uillean pipes, Irish whistles, a harp and a vast array of percussion, the show featured a cast of 23, many playing multiple parts including Irish clanspeople, English soldiers, and courtiers of Queen Elizabeth I. 


All pics courtesy of Handwritten Photography.

Stephanie Mott (centre) as Grace O'Malley, with her crew L-R: Tony Cotterill, Patrick Hooper, Peter King, Paul Huggins
Maggie Tolmie (centre) as Queen Elizabeth I, with her ladies-in-waiting L-R: Veronica Martin, Genevra Martinez, Hayley Kate Cohen, June Hume, Helen Smith
Peter Capper as Tiernan and Stephanie Mott as Grace
Oliver Horsfall (front right) as Donal O'Flaherty, with members of the Clan O'Flaherty: L-R Andrea Wilkins, Philippa Mukherjee, Helen Smith, Tony Cotterill, Patrick Hooper. Back row L-R: Genevra Martinez, Veronica Martin
Maggie Tolmie as Queen Elizabeth I and Michael Bishop as Lord Bingham
John Pyle (centre) as Dubdhara, with Peter Capper as Tiernan in the background and sailors: L-R Tony Cotterill, Patrick Hooper, Paul Huggins
Felicity Morgan as Evleen (right) and Anne Pringle as Majella (second from right) with Clan O'Malley women: L-R Genevra Martinez, Philippa Mukherjee and Bobbie McNulty
The chieftain and the Queen: Maggie Tolmie as Queen Elizabeth I (left) and Stephanie Mott as Grace (right) with Ann Elgar (left) and Andrea Wilkins (right) as palace guards
Taking on the English: L-R Oliver Horsfall as Donal O'Flaherty, Tony Cotterill, Elizabeth Malone, Bobbie McNulty and Peter Capper as Tiernan

2014 - The Sorceror

One of Gilbert & Sullivan's least-performed operettas but a delightful work, given the HLOC traditional-with-a-twist treatment - including a real exploding teapot!

Directed by Elizabeth Malone with musical direction by Frances Oldbury.


2013 - The Pajama Game

Another departure from G&S for HLOC with this tuneful tale of 1950s industrial relations! Directed by Rachel White.

2012 - Yeomen of the Guard

Directed by Amber Dye with musical direction by Laurie Reeve

Felicity Morgan won the artsrichmond Swan Awards' Adjudicator's Award for standing in as Elsie Maynard at the last minute, singing in at the Thursday and Friday night performances and actually going on stage for the two Saturday performances.

2011 - Anything Goes

This was the second time we had performed Cole Porter's gloriously feelgood 1930's shipboard romp. Directed by Elizabeth Malone and Laurie Coombs, with choreography by Karen Munday and musical direction by Laurie Reeve

2010 - HMS Pinafore

Rachel White won the artsrichmond Swan Award's 'Best Supporting Female Performer in a Musical' for her portrayal of Little Buttercup. 

2009 - Patience

Awarded 'Best Production of a Musical' in the artsrichmond Swan Awards

2008 - The Gondoliers

2007 - The Bakers Wife

2006 - The Pirates of Penzance

2005 - Tarantara! Tarantara!

2004 - Iolanthe

2003 - The Mikado

2002 - Anything Goes