Patience (Summer 2018)

For the first time in its history, LOpSoc performed Patience, the sixth operatic collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan. The original show is a love story set in a parody on the aesthetic movement of the 1870’s and 80’s. However, it comments more broadly on fad culture in general, and the superficiality and pretentiousness of such movements. Therefore, from the Victorian countryside, LOpSoc's Patience was moved onto an early 2000’s bustling London street. Rather than Oscar Wilde-like dandies, the poets became avant-garde hipsters. The cavalry regiment became a rugby team, and Patience went from milkmaid to barista. A unique production that brought this comedic ‘coming of age’ story into the 21st Century!

A group of trendy young ladies in London, rapturously caught up in the hipster fashion, are in love with two promising rival poets. But the poets have no interest in the ladies, as they are both fighting for the love of Patience, a simple barista, who cares nothing for fashion and has never been in love all her life. Patience believes that true love must be completely unselfish - it must wither and sting and burn! Meanwhile, the players of "The Dragoons", the local rugby team, are all broken-hearted as the ladies have eyes only for the hipster poets. Even though they don't see the point to fashion, the team decides to give it a try in order to win the ladies' hearts...

Production Team

Director: Abby Pardoe
Creative Director: Rhona Graham
Musical Directors: Bridie Strachan and Tim Lutton
Assistant Musical Director: Liam Chan
Choreographer: Clementine Chirol
Producer: Delyth Simons
Technical Director: Edmund King
Technical Team: Stage Technician's Society (StageSoc)

Principal Cast

Patience: Amber Courage
Bunthorne: Daniel Williams-Brown
Jane: Martha Fooks
Grosvenor: Tom Hudson
Angela: Victoria Arnold
Saphir: Rhiannon Creffield
Ella: Katie Giles
Colonel: Billy Boulton
Major: Philip Needle
Duke: George Smith
The Solicitor: Domas Navikas

Ruddygore (Spring 2018)

"The Annex was absolutely magical. " - The Edge review

This unique production was set in a folk festival, with a visual aesthetic and dance style to match. The music has been completely rearranged, faithful to the original melodies, with a new reduced score for a folk band and full SATB chorus numbers throughout. The libretto was kept faithful to the original, making this an inventive new take on this classic operetta.

The baronets of Ruddygore have been cursed, and must commit a heinous crime each day or perish in a torturous death. However, the rightful heir to the baronetcy is in hiding, safe from the curse and all it entails... Rose Maybud is secretly in love with Robin Oakapple. While the two youths struggle to confess their love for one another, Robin's foster brother, Richard Dauntless, asks for Rose's hand in marriage. Robin comes forward at the last minute, and proposes to marry Rose as well. Meanwhile, Sir Despard, the current baronet of Ruddygore, learns that his elder brother whom he believed to be dead not only is still alive, but is also one of Rose Maybud's suitors. Despard takes this opportunity to set himself free from the curse of Ruddygore, passing it on to his brother... Who will inherit the witch’s curse? And what does Basingstoke have to do with all of this? Romance, ghosts, ceilidhs, magic, action, folk music and hilarious comedy met in the Annex stage.

Production Team

Director: Lucy Rose
Assistant Director: Michelle McInnes
Musical Directors: Isaac Treuherz, Hannah Parsons and Liam Chan
Choreographer: Owain Boorman and Michelle McInnes
Producer: Jamie Hizzett and Tim Lutton
Costumes: Delyth Simons and Eris Perring
Technical Director: Edmund King
Assistant Technical Director: Kit Grange
Technical Team: Stage Technician's Society (StageSoc)

Principal Cast

Robin Oakapple: Phil Needle
Rose Maybud: Bridie Strachan
Frances Fearless: Abby Pardoe
Sir Despard Murgatroyd: David Child
Mad Margaret: Jesse Bean McCabe
Sir Roderick Murgatroyd: Richard Kille
Dame Hannah: Ella Sabine
Old Adam: Billy Boulton
Zorah: Amber Courage
Ruth: Rhona Graham

The Mikado (Spring 2017)

LOpSoc went once again on the Nuffield Theatre stage with a fresh and unique production of “The Mikado”, one of the most loved and best lasting Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. With a new aesthetic twist and setting, witty libretto and gorgeous music, a production to please newcomers and G&S fans alike.

"The outcome? Another wonderdul performance. " - Soton Tab review

"...a brave attempt to explore a different side of the Japanese culture. " - Daily Echo review

The tale begins when three children decide to fold origami figures. They play with their creations, naming each one and imagining a story for them. However the three friends do not always agree on the proceedings... Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado, fled the imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha. Disguised, he falls in love with Yum-Yum, who is already betrothed to her guardian Ko-Ko, the soft-hearted Lord High Executioner of Titipu. Meanwhile, Katisha discovers Nanki-Poo's whereabouts, and the Mikado send orders that an execution must happen within a month if the town wishes to keep its status. Intersecting love triangles, political intrigue, disguised identities and a lot of origami meet in Titipu!

Production Team

Directors: Billy Boulton & George Smith
Musical Director: David Child
Assistant Musical Directors:
Natasha Bennetts & Liam Chan
Choreographer: Renata Stella
Head Producer: Renata Stella
Producers: Isaac Treuherz, Lucy Rose & Venetia Matthews
Costumes: Amber Courage & Eris Perring
Technical Directors: David Young & Tom Pell

Technical Crew: Stage Technician's Society (StageSoc)
and NST Technicians

Principal Cast

Yum-Yum: Amy Wardle
Pitti-Sing: Emma Paull
Peep-Bo: Amber Courage
Katisha: Jenny Samuel
Nanki-Poo: Barnaby Wilson
Ko-Ko: Ben Walker
Pooh-Bah: Phil Needle
Pish-Tush: Richard Kille
The Mikado: Joe Hand
Wendy: Nadia Fundell
Peter: Patrick Edwards
James: Isaac Treuherz

Half a Sixpence (Summer 2017)

A musical based on the novel "Kipps " by H G Wells.Book by Beverley Cross. Music and lyrics by David Heneker. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weienbeger LTD.

LOpSoc presented a performance of the vibrant and energetic musical 'Half a Sixpence' in June 2017. The play opens in Shalford’s Drapery Emporium where Kipps works and lives as an apprentice draper. Ann, Kipps’ childhood sweetheart, is in service so they don't get much chance to see each other. Kipps thinks that a lover’s token might help the romance, but the next day brings news that is to change his life. He is marched off to join his woodwork class run by Helen Walsingham. Ann is cross and walks out on him just before he learns that he has inherited a fortune. Spurred on by his new social standing Kipps proposes to Helen, but her family pressure makes him realise that Ann is his first and real love. Kipps and Ann marry but his yearning to maintain his social standing creates problems between them...

Production Team

Directors: Venetia Matthews & Nadia Fundell
Assistant Director: Abigail Smith
Musical Directors: Natasha Bennetts & Emma Paull
Assistant Musical Director: Amy Wardle
Choreography: Victoria Howard-Andrews & Emily Gray
Creative Producer: Isaac Treuherz
Publicity Producer: Patrick Edwards
Wardrobe: Guillemette Rident & Michelle McInnes
Technical Directors: George Tucker and Phoebe Sarah
Technical Crew: Stage Technician's Society (StageSoc)

Principal Cast

Arthur Kipps: Maciek Shasha
Ann: Ella Sabine
Helen: Lucia Watts
Sid: Ben Walker
Buggins: Philip Needle
Pearce: David Child
Flo: Megan Warinton
Victoria: Damie Oladebo
Kate: Sophie Blundell
Chitterlow: Billy Boulton
Mrs Walsingham: Rhiannon Creffield
Young Walsingham: Barnaby Wilson
Mr Shalford: Jamie Lumsden
Laura: Robyn Hunt
Gwendolin: Katie Giles
Jeremiah: Isaac Treuherz
Deck chair attendant: Patrick Edwards
Photographer: Tom Pell