Day 5 - Sunday 2 August


Today's events:
  • "Carry On Sorcerer" by Rug Opera
  • Thomas Round - 'Fifty Years of Musical Theatre'
  • Pirates of Penzance - The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company (matinee)
  • Orchestral and Operatic Concert
  • Festival Club with special attraction
  • Contents:
  • "Carry On Sorcerer"
  • Thomas Round
  • Orchestral and Operatic Concert
  • The Festival Club


  • "Carry On Sorcerer" by Rug Opera

    A review by Peter Zavon.

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    Ring Forth Ye Mobile Phones

    The citizens of Pluckett Green, a small quiet Essex village a few miles from the A12.

    Oh, slumbering forms

    Alexis (Paul Tarrant), Aline (Jenny Haxell) and J W Wells (producer Shane Collins) await the effects of the 'love drug'.

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    Oh, bitter joy!

    Constance Tartlett (Deborah Groves) finds herself madly in love with the Notary, Viagra Heep LL.B (Jimmy Anderson).


    Thomas Round - "Fifty Years of Musical Theatre"

    The Wand'ring Minstrel treats his devoted followers to memories and musical excerpts, both live and on record, of his distinguished career.

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    Orchestral and Operatic Concert in the Opera House

    This programme was created by Stephen Turnbull and the Festival MD, Andrew Nicklin, It was the first time ever that professional forces presented a programme containing at least one number from each of Sullivan's 25 operas - even the "lost" ones. There was no cheating - all the music was genuine - and the concert was given with the full support and co-operation of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society, which supplied performing material for most of the less familiar items.

    The forces were a 44-piece orchestra, professional soloists , a specially selected amateur chorus, and conductor Andrew Nicklin.

    Guest appearances were made by ex-D'oyly Carte legends Jean Hindmarsh and John Reed and the narrator was Stephen Turnbull.

    The programme was:

    IOLANTHE: The Overture
    THE GRAND DUKE: The Roulette Song
    THE ZOO: I'm a simple little child
    THE SAPPHIRE NECKLACE: The Overture
    IVANHOE: O moon art thou clad?
    PATIENCE: In a doleful train (double chorus)
    THESPIS: The ballet suite from Act II
    RUDDIGORE: I shipped, d'ye see
    UTOPIA LIMITED: Eagle high
    THE EMERALD ISLE: The Typical Irish Pat
    THE SORCERER: The 1877 Overture
    THE GONDOLIERS: Take a pair of sparkling eyes
    TRIAL BY JURY: The Judge's song
    PRINCESS IDA: Minerva!

    THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD: Night has spread her pall once more
    THE CHIEFTAIN: The Overture
    THE CONTRABANDISTA: The tinkling sheep-bell
    COX AND BOX: The Bacon Lullaby
    THE MARTYR OF ANTIOCH: Io Paean!
    H.M.S. PINAFORE: Over the bright blue sea (double chorus)
    HADDON HALL: Charles Godfrey's selection
    THE MIKADO: Tit-willow (1906 words)
    THE BEAUTY STONE: Mine, mine at last!
    THE ROSE OF PERSIA: The Drinking Song
    THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE: The Act I finale


    Compere and co-creator of the evening's unique concert, Stephen Turnbull, the Secretary of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society.
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    Savoynetter Nick Sales steps into the breach and proves a more than adquate replacement for the indisposed Phillip Potter with his rendition of Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes.

    His surprise inclusion at the concert invoked a huge response from the many Savoynetters in the audience.

    A view of Andrew Nicklin and the splendid Festival Concert Orchestra.
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    Soloists Deborah Norman - Soprano, Helen Beechinor - Mezzo-Soprano, Nick Sales - Tenor and Stephen Godward (Baritone)


    The Festival Club with special attraction

    The day ended with an 11pm presentation in the Paxton Suite of "A Victorian Evening with Geoff Hales". In the course of the performance, Mr. Hales recited many items which would have been standard pieces for an evening's entertainment in the late Victorian period. These included, but were not limited to, several of the Bab Ballads.


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