Day 9 - Thursday 6 August


Today's events:
  • Love & Marriage and Gilbert & Sullivan - G&S Society Manchester
  • Cox & Box - Lincoln G&S Society
  • Trial by Jury - Savoynetters
  • The Zoo -
  • Festival Club with Cabaret and Pot Luck Patience
  • Contents:
  • Love & Marriage and Gilbert & Sullivan
  • A review by Marc Shepherd
  • The Zoo
  • Cox & Box
  • Trial by Jury
  • The Festival Club


  • Love & Marriage and Gilbert & Sullivan by G&S Society, Manchester

    Unfortunately, due to other commitments (see below) we were not able to attend this presentation in the Paxton Theatre. If a review is written by someone who attended then it will be added later.


    A review of the entire evening by Marc Shepherd


    The Zoo by the Pennine Players

    Director: Janet Cowley
    Musical Director: Steven Mellor

    The Zoo's first performance was on 5th June 1875 at the St James' Theatre, London. It was written by Bolton Rowe and Arthur Sullivan. It was rediscovered in the early '70's in the vault of a London bank.

    The Pennine Players are a group of enthusiasts who produced The Zoo for the Festival.
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    Picture of the crowd
    The Great British Public at a London Zoo

    My boy had swapped the labels

    Aesculapius Carboy (David Heathcote)

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    Picture of carboy

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    Picture of Duke of Islington
    Ah Maiden Fair

    Eliza Smith (Lynn Armitage) in charge of the refreshment stall and in love with Thomas Brown (Gareth Dickinson) the Duke of Islington in disguise.

    Where is my daughter

    Mr Grinder (Frank Hogan), his daughter Laetitia (Deborah Kiernan) and Carboy seeking protection from Grinder.

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    Picture of characters in front of bear pit


    Cox and Box by Lincoln G&S Society

    Director: Tony Smith
    Musical Director: Richard Green

    Cox and Box was written by F C Burnand, later Editor of 'Punch' and a young Arthur Sullivan three years before he met Gilbert.

    The Lincoln G&S Society is now in it's 35th year. As well as performing G&S the Society occasionally adds other operatic works to it repertoire and recently performed an acclaimed production of Carmen.

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    Picture of Cox and Box
    The Buttercup

    John James Box (Nick Sales) and James John Cox (John Carter) share a duet.

    My hand upon it

    Cox, Box and Sgt Bouncer (Tony Smith, Director) patch up their differences.

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    Picture of Rataplan

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    Picture of the classic end post
    The finale (classic pose)


    Trial by Jury by the Savoynetters

    Director: Mike Nash
    Musical Director: David Cound

    The rest of this page is unashamedly self-indulgent.

    The Savoynetters are a group of enthusiasts who meet and discuss G&S by email. They have come together for this production at the suggestion of Producer Mike Nash and many have never met before the first rehearsal which was held three days before the performance.

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    Picture of the Savoynet Shield
    The True Embodiment

    The Savoynetters new Shield hangs proudly over the courtroom.

    Many thanks to Shani D'Cruze and her partner Jeff for this splendid contribution.

    For today in this arena

    Bob (Foreman) and Jackie Richards [that's us!]

    Note Chris Wain and David Duffey on Jackie's left

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    Picture of Bob and Jackie Richards

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    Picture of the Ladies
    An incubus then I thought her

    The ladies in the public gallery shocked at what the judge has to say

    Monster, monster, dread our fury

    The Defendant (Nick Sales) and the Foreman (Bob Richards) watched by Usher (John Genzano III) and the gentlemen of the Jury

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    Picture of the Foreman and Defendant

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    Picture of the bridesmaids
    Comes the Broken Flower

    The bridesmaids Karen Ann Loxley, Bronwen Evans and Sylvia Greinig

    To marry two at once is burglary!

    The Learned Judge (Samuel Silvers) receives a lesson in jurisprudence from The Counsel (Philip Walsh)

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    Picture of the Counsel and Judge

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    Picture of Angelina
    I love him, I love him!

    Plaintiff (Sharon Brindle) appeals to the Jury for a large settlement

    A Nice Dilemma

    The cast - note J Don Smith as the Associate with his laptop!
    (No doubt posting a review of the show to the Savoynet)

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    Picture of The Cast


    The Festival Club with Cabaret by the Savoynetters and Pot Luck Patience

    "I once gave an evening party ..."

    J Don Smith introducing the Savoynet Cabaret (photo from the stage)
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    Picture of J Don Smith

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    Picture of Sam Silvers with Ian Smith
    Samuel Silvers thanked by Ian Smith for his efforts in the 1996 Festival in Philadelphia.

    Note Savoynetters David Duffey, Peter Zavon (behind), Sharon Brindle (in Audrey II wig) and John Genzano III.

    'In the D'Oyly Cart'

    Shani D'Cruze, Stephen Turnbull and Sylvia Greinig sing an early Flanders and Swan piece (used with permission)

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    Picture of 'In the D'Oyly Carte'

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    Picture of video being taken of cabaret
    Suddenly Sam and Sharon

    We hope that one day we'll get email from you!

    The Savoynetters sing 'Tit Savoynet' - words by Sharon Brindle to be sung to a melody by Sir Arthur Sullivan

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    Picture of the cabaret

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    Picture of Bob playing Bunthorne
    Pot Luck Patience

    Bob Richards at last plays Bunthorne at the Festival (club)

    (Note the t-shirt and the Savoynet banner)


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