We produce two shows a year. Our main production is in February/March when we perform one of the many famous Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.
Our second is a Summer concert in June when we perform a variety of songs loosely based around a theme (The 2014 theme is books, the title Once upon a Time). The songs range from pop, jazz and humorous songs to songs from musicals, with no G & S at all.
We rehearse once a week on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and provide a warm welcome to all. Rehearsals for the main show start late August / early September. Rehearsals for the Summer concert start immediately after the Spring show, usually in March.
Singing can be thirsty work and while drinks are usually provided during rehearals, many of us make tracks to the local hostelries afterwards! We also organise a number of other activities throughout the year.
As a rule, we organise two outings a year to different shows, usually in London. Travelling as a group often means we can negotiate favourable ticket prices and we have had many successful outings thanks in no small part to our trip organiser Paul Weetman. We also have a Christmas Party at a local venue.
Joining the Players
New members are always welcome. You can join as a full member and take part in either or both productions.
Even if you don't sing, there is almost guaranteed to be some part of what we do that will be of interest. From stage construction to wardrobe to front of house, the opportunities are many and varied.
Supporting the Players
We have a large and growing number of patrons and for full details, please have a look at our patrons page.New patrons are always welcome.
Oundle Gilbert and Sullivan Players was formed in 1958. Our first show was 'The Pirates of Penzance' performed in 1959 and we have been entertaining audiences every year since. For some entertaining pictures from past shows, please visit our picture gallery.