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Grosvenor Light Opera Company

Recent shows

The Mikado

Grosvenor Light Opera performed The Mikado;  or, The Town of Titipu the in the summer of 2014 as Islington Arts and Media School and the 21st International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate.

 

With a modern day interpretation which incorporated the overcrowded Tokyo Metro, a Karaoke bar and a very violent use of fans, this was a fun and laugh-filled show, which probably broke the record for the number of on-stage selfies*!

 

Cast and Crew:

The Mikado of Japan     Jeremy Lowe

Nanki-Poo                     Dani Dumadi

Ko-Ko                            Simon C.B. Jones

Pooh-Bah                      Liam Geoghegan

Pish-Tush                      Stoo Gill

Yum-Yum                       Emily Jennings

Pitti-Sing                       Alexandra Dinwiddie

Peep-Bo                        Ali Borysiewicz

Katisha                         Ruth Stevenson

 

Director                         Judith Thei

Musical director             Christopher Braime

 

*Unconfirmed, and totally made up

Cox and Box

with music by Arthur Sullivan and lyrics by F. C. Burnand

based on J. Maddison Morton's farce of "Box and Cox"

 

Fast-paced, funny and frivolous, this under-performed gem of the Victorian stage represented Arthur Sullivan’s first foray into composing comic opera, before his celebrated partnership with W. S. Gilbert.

 

For G&S afficionados, this was a rare opportunity to see the full original version of Cox and Box, reinstating the Gambling Song and verses and dialogue which were cut from the more familiar abridged "Savoy edition" that entered the repertoire of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.

 

Synopsis:

An unscrupulous landlord, Sergeant Bouncer, has hit on a capital plan for maximising his income:  he rents out his spare room both to Mr. Cox, who works all day for a hatter and doesn’t come home till night, and to Mr. Box, who works all night at a newspaper printer’s and doesn’t come home till morning.  So Sergeant Bouncer gets double rent for his room, and neither of his tenants is any the wiser!  What could possibly go wrong?!

 

Cast:

James John Cox         Simon C. B. Jones

John James Box         Robert Richmond

Sergeant Bouncer      Stoo Gill

 

Director                      Vicky Simon

Pianist                        Helen Fisher

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Ruddigore; Or, the Witch's Curse

 

In 2015, GLOC performed the fantastic Ruddigore to great acclaim at the Bridewell Theatre in Blackfriars, central London. Audiences hailed the show as "terrific"and "splendid", and the cast and crew had a fantastic time performing it one last time at the Harrogate Royal Theatre on the 4th August as part of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. Check out some reviews here and here!

 

 

Cast and crew

Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd     Robert Richmond

Richard Dauntless              Jack Roberts

Sir Despard Murgatroyd     Edward Jowle

Old Adam Goodheart         Ian Hillis

Rose Maybud                     Naomi Weir

Mad Margaret                    Laura Burgoyne

Dame Hannah                   Charlotte Collier

Sir Roderic Murgatroyd      Simon C.B. Jones

Zorah                                Ali Borysiewicz

Ruth                                  Rebekah Ashworth

 

Director                             Vicky Simon

Musical Director                 Christopher Braime            

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The Pirates of Penzance; Or, the Slave of Duty

 

GLOC's most recent performance was the fantastic Pirates of Penzance, which they again performed at the Bridewell Theatre in Blackfriars. Audiences loved the energetic performances, and exciting uses of cannons, ladders and swords!

 

Cast and crew

Pirate King          Ed Jowle

Major General     Stoo Gill

Frederick            Rob Richmond

Samuel              Basil Zafiropoulos

Sargeant            Daniel O'Donnell

Mabel                 Elizabeth Fulleylove

Ruth                   Penny Mullord

Edith                  Ali Dixon

Kate                   Heather Monro

Isabel                 Laura Burgoyne

 

Director                             John Aldis

Musical Director                 Christopher Braime