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Gilbert & Sullivan Society Programme 97th Season 2019-20

Dear Members, 

You will be aware that the  Corona virus has suddenly snowballed and advice from the  National Health Service  is very clear that the elderly are the most vulnerable and have been advised to stay at home and avoid gatherings of people.  We have 3 more meetings of the G&S Society this season plus International G&S Day but our priority must be to our member's and artiste’s safety.  Both Abby and Sylvia, our forthcoming artistes, have expressed concerns and in view of this and like many other organisations at the moment, we have made the decision not to go ahead with at least the next 2 meetings scheduled on Sat 28th March and Sat 4th  April.  A decision about the May meetings will be made in April and members should consult this website for updates.

It has been necessary to act fairly quickly in order to inform our membership as widely as possible although we are sure many would choose to stay at home in the current climate.   I am sure you will agree that this step is sensible and necessary although very disappointing.  In order to try and make up for the 2 missing meetings we will look at putting on  additional events  next season if possible with the artistes we have had to cancel.

We are really sorry about this and hope you all stay save and we will be able to resume normal meetings as soon as possible

John Penn

15th March 2020 




Wednesday 18th September 7:15pm

"Come gather round" AGM

To be followed by a film show introduced by VP Leon Berger where we will see some more of his unique footage of DOC stars post 1982

Conway Hall
Saturday 26th October 2:30pm

‘All one sees that’s Japanese’         The Peter Parker Memorial Meeting

How the Lure of the Exotic influenced many shows at The Savoy including The Mikado, Utopia Ltd., The Nautch Girl, Cups & Saucers and The Geisha. A new presentation by Vincent Daniels who is joined by Jackie Mitchell (soprano), Nick Dobson (baritone) and accompanied by Helen Kerr-Wallace.

Conway Hall
Saturday 9th November 2:30pm

W. S. Gilbert's Birthday Event

'men in women's clothes'
Sasha Regan returns with more of her company to tell us about her unique all-male productions of the savoy Operas

Conway Hall
Wednesday 4th December 7:15pm

‘Let's thoroughly enjoy ourselves’               

Our Seasonal Gathering where we invite one of our VPs to select some ‘Desert Island Discs’ and tell us why plus how G&S has featured in their life.  To also include some G&S seasonal fun with our annual diabolical quiz with John Tritton and light refreshments.

Conway Hall
Saturday 29th February 2:30 pm

‘With unusual revelry’

An afternoon concert from New London G&S with various pieces from the canon including some Pirates of Penzance to celebrate Frederick’s 40th birthday.

Conway Hall
Saturday 28th March 2:30pm


‘A merry maiden’

Former D’Oyly Carte mezzo Abby Hadfield will keep us amused with tales about her time in and after the D’Oyly Carte in her own inimitable way.

Conway Hall

Saturday 4th April 2:30pm  


‘Welcome little Buttercup on board’

Buttercup’s Songbook – a cornucopia of Sullivan songs with Sylvia Clarke (Contralto) accompanied by Geoffrey Burford

Conway Hall

Monday 4th May Bank Holiday

International G&S Day –  'Sing me your song O'

Annual celebrations at Barataria with a scratch The Yeomen of the Guard & lunch

Full details in the Winter edition of the News including booking details

Details in G&S News

Saturday 16th May 2:30pm

 A.S. Sullivan birthday meeting    ‘A theatrical crew’                         

Roberta Morrell and some of the former D’Oyly Carte personalities involved come to launch ‘D’Oyly Carte inside out’, sequel to ‘D’Oyly Carte: The Inside Story’.  An opportunity to buy your signed copy.

Conway Hall

CAA:      Club for Acts and Actors  20 Bedford Street, London WC23 9HP click here for a map

Conway Hall:    25 Red Lion Square, Holbourn. WC1R 4RL click here for a map