RSC Open Stages: Meet the community – Abbots Langley Gilbert and Sullivan Society

As part of our Royal Shakespeare Company Open Stages application, we pledged to work with as many local groups as we could; making our production something that the whole village could contribute to. Over the next few months, we hope to highlight some of the societies we’re working with, and here’s the first such blog – kindly contributed by Sue O’Neill of the Abbots Langley Gilbert and Sullivan Society. 

We are pleased to be invited to take part in the Open Stages project and congratulate The Players on achieving the project amongst stiff competition, nationwide!

We are looking forward to working with other local groups in Abbots Langley, hoping to provide support with acting, singing and “backstage” in what sounds to be an exciting concept!

As a society, the Abbots Langley Gilbert and Sullivan Society has performed G&S operas annually since its foundation in September 1950. We have remained firmly based in the village of Abbots Langley, although now some of our members come from a much wider area. Gone are the days when, as quoted after the very first production, “You could meet the whole cast by walking up and down Abbots Langley High Street”.

The society is over 50 years old, and we are seeing second- and third-generation members of the performing families taking their places, and there have been many relationships, marriages and families formed through the society. These close ties have always made our group afun and friendly experience, and new members are always welcome.

As well as our main annual production, we always try to perform each year in our home village with a concert or small production in the Henderson Hall. Our principal venue for the last 40 years has been the Palace Theatre Watford and this month is no exception.Featured image

We will be performing The Pirates of Penzance between 21 and 24 January. With Mike Monk as our Director and Susana Tierney as MD, we are looking forward to “fun and frivolity” in true G&S style. With a great cast of ALGSS regulars and some new faces, it proves to be a fantastic show.

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Our Summer production this year will be Seussical the Musical from 10 to 14 June. We are to hold auditions for the cast in February, including a group of children, which is always exciting as many come from the local community.

So this is a busy, yet exciting, year and look forward to these worthy projects as we help to keep theatre alive in our local community.