On Feb 19th and 20th, the Steventon Players met William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) at Steventon Village Hall. The production was directed by Marilyn Wright, with the music and sound provided by husband Paul.
The next production in 2011 will be Robin Hood.
"The Steventon Players put on a production based on the works of Gilbert and Sullivan - ranging from Arthur Sullivan's early piano and organ music and Gilbert's ballads, to a potted version of the Pirates of Penzance. For a small village, this was a production of exceptional quality, and Marilyn and Paul Wright deserve warm congratulations for masterminding the production and scoring some of the music."
Some of Sir William Gilbert's lyrics were commandeered to provide a modernised version of one of the songs from Iolanthe, featuring MP's expenses; "I think it very healthy that harmless fun can be made at the expense of the local MP" Sir George commented "and the lyrics were certainly very well written". Both of the two productions were a sell out, and the cast look forward to returning in a year's time with their next production.