Friday, 14 December 2018

Gondoliers drift into the Kenton

A TALE of bigamy, deceit and royal affairs sails into town at the end of November when Gilbert and Sullivan’s

A TALE of bigamy, deceit and royal affairs sails into town at the end of November when Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers arrives at the Kenton Theatre.

Following the family’s arrival in Venice Casilda, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro, discovers that she is married to the heir of the throne of Barataria. It turns out however, that he cannot be identified since, as an infant, he was entrusted to a gondolier who mixed up the prince with his own son.

In true Gilbert and Sullivan style, many complications and much laughter ensue. The gondoliers are found to have just been married to local girls. They are quickly whisked away to rule the country jointly. Meanwhile, Casilda declares that she is in love with another man.

The musical is a showcase of typical Gilbert and Sullivan lively music, including wild dancing in The Cachuca and well-known tunes such as When A Merry Maiden Marries and Take A Pair Of Sparkling Eyes.

This traditional production is being staged by Woodley Light Operatic Society. It has been directed and choreographed by Jane Murphy and Claire Rowell. Gemma Bagshaw is the musical director.

The show runs from November 20 to 23. For tickets visit www.woodleylight operatic.ticketsource.co.uk or call 07528 337924.

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