The Pirates of Penzance

Date 27th May 2017
Society Richmond Operatic Society
Venue Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Type of Production G&S
Director John Holliday and Robert Moore
Musical Director Adrian Bramley
Choreographer Aoife Scott


Author: Peter Parlour

This must be Richmond's best show for sometime. there were many outstanding  performances. In particular Richard  Hamilton was outstanding in the role of Frederic - a powerful singing voice and equalled by excellent  acting. Debbie  Wilson was excellent in the role of Ruth along with  Helen  Cain who played Edith very well indeed.
Aoife  Scott  played Kate Superbly. John Holliday  performed in the role of the Pirate King, and was lucky to be performing after falling and breaking his arm the night before I saw the show, However, but it didn't spoil his performance - I suppose a Pirate king could have had many a fall and with an arm in a sling  could easily be part of his make up, It in no way hindered his confident performance.

Lou Holliday  played Samuel and this could be his best performance to date. Natasha Aspen  played a very conhfident Isobel as did Stacy Dobson playing  Mabel. Dan Connolly was truly superb as the  Major-General Stanley and as usual he brought  the house down with the really well known solo "I am the model of a modern Major General".

The other iconic musical piece is of course the Sergeant of Police and his merry bobbies and "A Policemans lot is not a happy one", again this brought the house down really excellently sang and acted. The Sergeant keeping them in control was played by  Kenneth  Haigh.

Richmonds strength is in their  chorus line,  really powerful singing and well choreographed by Aoife Scott - with so many on the stage at a time was very well done indeed. The chorus line have to be mentioned included;  Gail Barlow,Graham Copson, Rhoda Fraser, Tom Lough, Geoff Sloane, Mike Stephenson, Sue Taylor, Anita Wilkinson and Kathy  Wolfe. The actors were well supported by the stage crewe,Beverley Owens and Beth Connolly. It  really was a show to be remembered and really very well performed by everybody.