Double Feature: Cox and Box & The Carp

Summer 2021

Throughout the Spring of 2021, we scoured the archives in search of something incredibly rare: a comic opera not yet performed by LOpSoc in all its 50 years. We finally found one; originally written as a companion piece to The Mikado, Desprez and Cellier’s ‘The Carp’ has been performed alongside many G&S shows… but never by LOpSoc. This summer, we’re pairing ‘The Carp’ with Sullivan’s first ever successful comic opera, ‘Cox and Box’, in a brand new, online Double Feature! With a hilarious libretto by F.C. Burnand, ‘Cox and Box’ was written 5 years before Gilbert and Sullivan’s prodigious partnership and has not been performed by LOpSoc since 2013...

‘Cox and Box’ is a one-act show that combines the ridiculous and the dramatic in a story of a crooked landlord who has somehow tricked two unsuspecting lodgers into renting the same room…. At the same time. Pandemonium ensues when the two eventually meet and discover that, not only are they unwitting roommates, but are engaged to the same person…... And might be long lost siblings? ‘The Carp’ meanwhile, is a tale of two broken-hearted people whose chance meeting at a forest pool brings another chance at love. Not that this matters to the grouchy fisherman who stands vigil at the pool, intent on his life-long ambition to catch The Elusive Carp. A story of finding love when you least expect it, the Carp blends humour and romance in a comic, whimsical farce!

Production Team

Director: Renata Stella
Musical Director: Billy Boulton
Producer: Kira Jukes
Assistant Producer: Pin Hong Wong

Principal Cast

Cox: Martha Fooks
Box: Pete Alexander
Bouncer: Joel Parkinson

Amanda: Kira Jukes
Amandus: Jared Wason
Piscator: Jemimah Alam