Tuesday, 22 April 2014

G & S Sing-a-long on 3rd May

Our G&S Singalong is fast approaching! The 3rd May will be the first ever Global Gilbert and Sullivan Day and PBGS is preparing a special celebration at Harlington Village Hall.

We have a programme put together, but there are still roles to fill so we'd love to hear from singers, not only from PBGS but also from other local groups, who'd like to join us on the day for solos or ensembles as well as joining in all those lovely choruses. Please contact Paula Fraser on paulafras@aol.com or 07956 678720 if you'd like to join in as a singer or if you would like to order tickets as an audience member. Tickets to take part are £5 and there will be home baked refreshements.

There will be two opportunities to go through the music on Sunday 27th April from 3pm and Tuesday 29th April from 7.45pm at our usual rehearsal venue of Streatley Village Hall.

This will be a fun way to celebrate Gilbert and Sullivan in style by singing all our favourites, many of them as loudly as possible!


Monday, 14 April 2014

A Big Thank You to our Audiences!

Behind the scenes at the QMT
Thank you to all of you from all of us at PBGS for sharing a wonderful week and making The Mikado such a huge success.

So many of you came that we had the biggest audience we've had so far at the Queen Mother Theatre, and from all the laughter and cheering you all had a great time. As did we!!! It was lovely to see the theatre packed out and to play to you all.

We hope to see all of you again in October when we will be putting on Sondheim's acclaimed musical Into the Woods (see our poster on the right!). This is quite a departure for PBGS and will be a challenge. But it's one we know we'll rise to. Into the Woods is a wonderful show, and one that we know you will enjoy very much. After that we will be back to our G&S roots with an innovative production of HMS Pinafore in Spring 2015. As always, there is a lot to look forward to!

Behind the scenes at the QMT
Photos: © Sue Wookey

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Mikado opens this Wednesday!

Not long now! Our production of The Mikado opens this Wednesday and, as you can see from today's rehearsal, it's a really colourful show with some spectacular costumes! Tickets are selling really well - there are a few still available for each day, but there are plenty left for Wednesday so don't forget that tickets for Wednesday and the Saturday Matinee are cheaper at £11! So a good day to come if you are still undecided!

Booking is now being handled directly by the theatre and are available online:

Here are a couple more 'taster' photos:

Photos: © Sue Wookey

Monday, 31 March 2014

Mikado opens 9th April!

Nanki Poo, Yum Yum, Pitti Sing and Pooh Bah celebrate the' Flowers that Bloom in the Spring'
Just over a week to go before we open at The Queen Mother Theatre! We are all working hard brushing up on our fan work and the show has really come together ready for the stage.

The Mikado is full of musical highlights including Yum Yum's beautiful solo 'The Sun who's Rays', the Mikado's list of fitting punishments 'A More Humane Mikado', which amazingly was nearly cut by Gilbert at the Dress Rehearsal and only restored by a deputation from the D'Oyly Carte chorus, and the fast paced trio, 'Here's a How-de-do'. One of the most famous songs in the G&S canon, 'Tit Willow', is sung by a desperate Ko Ko to the object of his very reluctant attentions, the terrifying Katisha. The song was much parodied at the time and there was a lot of debate amongst ornithologists as to exactly which bird Gilbert meant, as willow tits didn't arrive in Britain until 1900. Most likely he just loved the sound of it. 'Tit Willow' has even been immortalised by Rowlf and an equally reluctant Sam the Eagle on The Muppets (thanks to Eve for sending the link). Click on the link below to see it on Youtube:


Tickets are selling fast so make sure you don't miss out. All tickets should now be ordered direct from the Queen Mother theatre: 


Monday, 24 March 2014

Time to order your Mikado tickets!

Mikado rehearsals are coming along apace, as you can see from these photos! This promises to be a fantastic show - we have a great cast, a very funny production and a wonderful set of traditional costumes (who can resist all that shuffling in kimonos?). This is Gilbert and Sullivan's most enduringly popular collaboration, a treat for G&S buffs and a great introduction to the cannon for those that have never seen a G&S before.

Tickets are selling like those proverbial hot-cakes, so be sure to book now to make sure you get the evenings and seats you want. There are several ordering options:

  • Place an order through the 'Order Tickets' button on the top right of this page

Photos: © Sue Wookey

Monday, 17 March 2014

G&S Singalong to celebrate World Gilbert and Sullivan Day!

The 3rd May will be the first ever Global Gilbert and Sullivan Day and PBGS is preparing a special celebration with a G&S Singalong at Harlington Village Hall.

We'd love to hear from singers from other local groups who'd like to join us on the day for solos or ensembles as well as joining in all those lovely choruses. Please contact Paula Fraser on paulafras@aol.com or 07956 678720 if you'd like to join in as a singer or if you would like to order tickets as an audience member. Tickets to take part are £5 and there will be home baked refreshements (the Mary Berry effect gets everywhere...).

This will be a fun way to celebrate Gilbert and Sullivan in style by singing all our favourites, many of them as loudly as possible!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Local shows: Patience and Crazy for You

Our ever busy members are involved in two local shows this month. Paula and Jo are performing in Patience with Woverton G&S over at Stantonbury Campus:

7.30pm 25th to 29th March 2014
Stantonbury Campus Theatre, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes

And Louise is over with Harpenden Operatic performing in Crazy For You at Harpenden Public Halls:

24th to 29th March 2014
Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden, Herts
Email: hlostickets@live.co.uk
Tel: 07817 331150
Buy online: www.hlos.ticketsource.co.uk

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Into the Woods cast

We have a nearly full cast for our October production of Into the Woods. Congratulations to everyone who was successful, the auditions were outstanding and we certainly made the Panel's job as difficult as possible!

The cast so far is as follows:
NARRATOR - Paul Blunt
THE WITCH - Paula Fraser
CINDERELLA - Alice Bridges
STEWARD - Barny Shergold
BAKER - Graham Breeze
BAKER’ WIFE - Zoe Jasko
JACK - Shayn Dickens
JACK’S MOTHER - Sue Wookey
RED RIDING HOOD - Rhiannon Gibbs
FLORINDA - Nicole Santlemann
LUCINDA - Catherine Harvey
There are four recalls which will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 11 March. If anyone wants to re-audition or audition for the first time for any of these parts, can they please contact Paula on paulafras@aol.com:
There are three further small speaking parts to cast. Anyone interested in any of the following should contact Paula on paulafras@aol.com. These parts may not be auditioned:

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Mikado Tickets now on sale!

Booking is now open for our next production of The Mikado, 9-12 April 2014 at the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin.

'The Mikado' is Gilbert and Sullivan's best loved show, and if the fun we are having at rehearsals is anything to go by, definitely not one to be missed! This is a traditional production with gorgeous costumes, wonderful singing and enough intricate fan work to keep us all on our toes.

Tickets are now available direct from PBGS on 07946 264886. Please also ring this number for group discounts and special seating requirements. You can also email an order through this website by clicking on this link:

Ordering options:
  • Email an order through the button above (please include your phone number if you would like a call back)
  • Or ring PBGS on 07946 264886 
Downloadable PDF of our Mikado Booking Form 


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Into the Woods Auditions reminder!

Just a reminder that our Into The Woods auditions are this coming Sunday, 2nd March at 3pm. They are being held at Streatley Village Hall (see directions on our Contact Us page) and are open, so anyone can come and watch, and cheer the auditionees along.

Good luck, everyone!


Thursday, 30 January 2014

G & S Events at Watford Colosseum

Watford Colosseum have two events in February and June for Gilbert and Sullivan fans:

Friday Night is Music Night

Friday Night is Gilbert and Sullivan Night Special

Wed 26 February 2014
'Join BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce at Watford Colosseum for an evening of music and wit by those masters of the operetta – W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Their partnership spanned more than 25 years and in this special Friday Night is Music Night we feature many of their greatest hits including songs from The Mikado; HMS Pinafore; The Pirates of Penzance; Iolanthe; Patience, The Gondoliers, Ruddigore and The Yeomen of the Guard.'
Richard Balcombe conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra with guest soloists Sylvia Clarke, Heather Shipp, Oliver White, Bruce Graham and Simon Butteriss.

Tickets: £25.00*, £20.00*
Groups 10+ 10% off; groups 20+ 20% off

*A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies, capped at six per order. Fee-free booking for Priority Members' Club members; Groups of 10+ please call 01923 474124 to buy fee-free.

Box Office 0845 075 3993 www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Watford Philharmonic Society – Gilbert and Sullivan  
Wednesday 18 June

Watford Philharmonic choir and orchestra present a selection of songs and music from four popular Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas.
'World famous in their lifetimes, Gilbert and Sullivan are still delighting today’s audiences with their humorous and satirical music. The evening comprises a selection of well-known pieces from The Mikado, Iolanthe, The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore.'
Join Watford Philharmonic Society for a light-hearted evening’s entertainment at Watford Colosseum. Conductor: Terry Edwards

Tickets: £18.00*, £17.00*, £15.00*

18s and under: up to 2 at £1.00 each when purchased with a full-price ticket. Additional child tickets half price.*

*A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies, capped at six per order. Fee-free booking for Priority Members' Club members; Groups of 10+ please call 01923 474124 to buy fee-free.

Box Office 0845 075 3993 www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk


Sunday, 5 January 2014

Into the Woods

Next autumn we will be following our current show, The Mikado, with Sondheim and Lapine's wonderful musical Into the Woods, 8-11 October 2014. As this is a show with a very big cast and is a new departure for PBGS we will be casting early!
  • There will be a launch night on Tuesday 28th January, 7.45pm at Streatley Village Hall. You will have a chance to hear all about the production from our Producer and MD.
  • This will be followed by auditions on Sunday 2nd March, 3pm at Streatley Village Hall
  • The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday 22nd April at 7.45, also at Streatley Village Hall. If you are new and would like to be involved in this production, either on stage or off, you will find full details on our Contact Us page. We would love to hear from you!
"An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch…who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of The Princess Bride becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children."
You will find a full synosis of Into the Woods on www.sondheim.com.

© Josef Weinberger

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Rehearsals restart Jan 5th

Hope everyone has had a good Christmas break!  

Our rehearsals for The Mikado restart on Sunday 5th January, 3pm at Streatley Village Hall. This is a full company rehearsal to revise all the music and we will be singing without books, so time to dust off your copies and have a good look at them between now and then.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

PBGS 'One Show' Christmas Treat!

Attention all PBGS peeps - don't forget to watch the BBC's The One Show tomorrow night (Thur 19th) for a PBGS Christmas Fairy G&S treat!!! 

Fame at last : -)


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

PBGS Christmas Meal

PBGS had its annual Christmas Meal at the Raven at Hexton last night, and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we had a wonderful time! Many thanks to Paula who organised it and made sure we had a great night out. For all of you who couldn't come, we missed you! Here are some photos of us all enjoying the pudding course (I won't name the indvidual who had more than one...). 10 brownie points to those still wearing their paper hats. If we don't see you next Tuesday at our last rehearsal of 2013 -

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 
(and learn those words...)

All photos: Sue Wookey

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Wolverton G&S: Nunsense

Lots of familiar faces from PBGS will be performing in Nunsense in Wolverton this week. From Jo:
How do you raise the funds to bury 4 colleagues who are languishing in the freezer? Put on a show of course! so come and join the roller skating, tap dancing, ballet dancing, gospel singing, forgetful nuns for a hilarious evening's performance.
Tickets are £10/£8 in advance or £12/£10 on the door. They can be purchased from the Box Office on 01908 262250 or through www.wolvertongands.co.uk. Nightly from Thursday 28th November to 30th November at 7.30pm and matinee on 30th November at 2.30pm at Creed Street Theatre, Creed Street, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK14 6BN.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Mikado Cast

After an impressive (and long!) afternoon of auditions, here is the cast for our Spring 2014 production of The Mikado:
Yum-Yum: Paula Fraser
Pitti-Sing: Emma Crew
Peep-Bo: Catherine Harvey
Nanki-Poo: Brian Miles
Pish-Tush: Tim Hobman
Pooh-Bah: David Crew
Mikado: Clive Wheeler
Ko-Ko: Peter Sayers
Katisha: Sue Wookey
With 22 performers trying out for 9 parts the committee were really spoilt for choice. Congratulations to all those who were successful and commiserations to those of us who missed out this time.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Christmas Meal!

You'd hardly credit it as it doesn't feel like a year since we were at The Raven stuffing our faces with mince pies and pulling crackers, but it really is that time of year again. The PBGS Christmas Meal will be on the 10th December at The Raven in Hexton. Yes - they've allowed us back for another year! We'll be meeting there at 7.30pm in full festive fig.

Now's the time to choose your menu so click on the link below to see the options:

PBGS Christmas Meal Menu

Please let Paula know your choices and cross her palm with your £10 deposit!


Saturday, 2 November 2013

Salad Days Review

Nova Horley, our Noda rep, has sent us her review of Salad Days:
"PBGS put loads of energy and fun into the show and speaking for myself, I came out feeling happy and upbeat... in the main a nice fun show, that the cast obviously enjoyed, which always communicates itself to an audience, and enhances their enjoyment"
That seems to have been the experience of most of our audiences too! Read Nova's full review here Salad Days Noda Review.