Thespis

or "The Gods Grown Old", by W.S. Gilbert and A. Sullivan

Directed by Lynda Barrett-Mercer

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7-10th November, Betchworth Memorial Hall

This is a unique production of the earliest G & S work, for which no musical score survives. First staged in 1871 as a Christmas entertainment, it ran for 63 performances, but Sullivan's score was then lost, and the work largely forgotten during the writers' lifetimes - although Sullivan certainly reused at least two of the tunes. The story concerns a group of actors in ancient Greece - the original Thespians - who take over the role of Gods on Mount Olympus so the ageing deities can take a holiday on earth

Lynda has worked with Musical Director Ian Stone to painstakingly create their own score from Sullivan's later repertoire, incorporating 'Climbing over Rocky Mountains' (Pirates of Penzance) and 'Little maid of Arcadee' which are known to have been in the original 

Cast

Jupiter Patrick Gallagher
 Apollo Colin Bousfield
Diana Pam Patch
Mercury Jane Khan
   
Thespis David Longes
Daphne Jane Johnson
Nicemis Margaret Longes
Sparkeion Carolyn Burnley
Tipseion Jane Seymour
Preposteros/Cymon Julian Warner-Edney
Prettiea Julie Bickerdike
Timidon/Stupidas Stephen Tickell