Pinafore - October 2011
Churchill Theatre Bromley 20th October 2011
What more does
one want when one attends the theatre.
Great leads and
That's what "HMS Pinafore" has at the Churchill theatre
this week. From the opening drum roll to the ending, this Pinafore
has it all.
Gilbert and Sullivan's
plot centres around a naval captain (Ian Belsey) whose daughter
Josephine (Stefanie Kemball-Read) is in love with a low-class
sailor. Even though she is promised to the upper-class First
Lord of the Admiralty Sir Joseph Porter,(Richard Gauntlett) the
highlight of this production!!! As with nearly all of the Gilbert
and Sullivan operas, a twist changes everything dramatically
near to the end of the story.
A cheeky Buttercup (Katy Bingham-Best) was soon selling her wares
to the crew of Bill Bobstay (Richard Broadley), Dick Deadeye
(Graham Stone) and Josephine's hero Ralph Rackstraw (David Newman).
Upper-class Captain Corcoran and his daughter Josephine established
themselves quickly, allowing the plot to roll out seamlessly.
Sally Langford as director took her well chosen talented cast
to a professional standard in the production, highlighting the
now aging comedy.. Minimal dance by Terry John Bates was especially
good in 'Never mind the why and wherefore' and 'Kind captain'
and the movement with the ageing sailors (well done boys) was
more than simple for them in 'We sail the ocean blue'. Orchestra
conducted by Mark Fitz-Gerald was just at the right pitch for
the performers on stage, of which I found one or two difficult
to understand their diction at times.
set design and costumes by Enid Strutt once again up to her high
standard. Lighting Colin Martin was very mood setting especially
in day and dusk scenes.
With a cast of
near 45 this production will rate high in Kentish Opera's repertoire.
There were many highlights in this production but my accolades
must go to Richard Gauntlett Ian Belsey and Graham Stone who
gave us great comedy performances and in perfect voice.
SUPERB poster and
programme design by Graham Copeland (CourtPress) worthy of an
entry in the NODA poster/programme competition.
Thank you Kentish
Opera for inviting me. I look forward to seeing Die Fledermaus
22nd October 2011
Dear Ms Langford,
As a third generation
G & S addict I'm writing to thank you for one of the most
enjoyable evenings I've experienced for years.
Last night's performance
of H.M.S. Pinafore was the finest of the several I've witnessed
since my old grandmother first took me to one around 1935.
One aspect which
is all too unusual on stage and screen these days was the obvious
enjoyment experienced by all the cast.
Since I awoke this
morning I've been humming the arias to myself, particularly those
emanating from the lips of Little Buttercup. Please pass on
my grateful thanks to all concerned.
A Chelsea Pensioner