Wednesday 4 August 1999

Daytime activities:

2.30 pm - "A Society Clown"
An afternoon of Victorian Mirth with Leon Berger (baritone) and Selwyn Tillett (piano)

Evening activities:

7.30 pm - "The Pirates of Penzance"
- Abbotts Langley G&S

10.00 pm - Festival Club, Cabaret and Pot Luck "Patience" by members of the G&S Association


Abbotts Langley

Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire is twenty miles from London, between Watford, St. Albans, and Hemel Hempstead. The Gilbert & Sullivan Society was formed in February 1951 by the local vicar, the Reverend Raymond S. Wilkinson. Arriving as the new incumbent at the Church of St Lawrence the Martyr in Abbots Langley in 1950, he wasted no time in assembling members of the St Lawrence choir and other local singers in a production of The pirates. The production was a tremendous success, and further productions followed on a regular basis.

Pirates of Penzance

The Pirate KingRobert Milner
SamuelTim Eccleshall
FredericNicholas Maude
RuthClare Basinger
EdithWendy Morelli
KateDebbie Nicholson
IsabelIsobel Nash
MabelLucy Logan
Major General StanleyBrian Andrews
The Sergeant of PoliceNorman Southorn

Director and Choreographer: Martyn Knight    Musical Director: Peter Jones   
Assistant Director: Isobel Nash

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Two and twenty now he's rising
(Frederic and Samuel)
For I am a Pirate King! Hurrah for our Pirate King Forty-seven year -
forty-seven year!
A man! Poor wandering one!
I am the very model of a modern Major-General For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury
Oh, dry the glistening tear A Policeman's lot
is not a happy one
(The Sergeant of Police)
Sighing softly to the river Poor wandering ones!