23rd - 27th June 2015
Based on Billy Wilder's Academy Award-winning 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond (Eileen Glenton), a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street.
When young screenwriter Joe Gillis (Graeme Walton) accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen. Romance and tragedy follow.
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
29th October - 1st November 2014
In a desperate attempt to win his freedom, the slave, Pseudolus, attempts to help his young master, Hero, earn the love of a courtesan, Philia. Meanwhile, Pseudolus has to outsmart Hero's parents, the slave-master, Lycus, and the large man that has already paid for Philia, Miles Gloriosus.
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A Tale Of Two Cities - The Musical
8th -12th April 2014
Based on the well known classic Charles Dickens novel, “A Tale of Two Cities” is a sweeping new musical epic that recounts one of the most electrifying love stories ever told, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
It is a fast-moving musical switching between Paris and London, which explores injustice, vengeance and the redemptive power of love.
A Tale Of Two Cities Reviews | ATOTC Cast | ATOTC Promo Images
Some Enchanted Evenings
20th - 22nd June 2013
Some Enchanted Evenings is a show to celebrate the genius of Broadway’s legendary composer, Richard Rodgers. It will follow the format of our other GALA Theatre tributes to Cole Porter in 2002 and Noel & Ivor in 2008.
Richard Rodgers career fell into three distinct parts. In the first two of these he formed lengthy partnerships with two of Broadway’s leading lyricists: the first with Lorenz Hart and the second with Oscar Hammerstein II. These two writers worked in very different ways, which ultimately affected the style of music that Rodgers composed, but both partnerships resulted in a host of classic musicals. In the final phase of his career, he formed more temporary partnerships with various writers.
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5th - 9th February 2013
Set in 19th century England, the musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years' transportation on trumped up charges.
When he finds out that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by the judge who transported him, he vows revenge on the judge and later, the whole world. He teams up with a piemaker, Mrs. Lovett, and opens a barbershop in which he slits the throats of customers and has them baked into pies.
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27th - 31st March 2012
42nd Street tells the story of a humble, naïve young actress named Peggy Sawyer who has come to audition for a new Broadway musical.
Unfortunately, due to her nervousness, Peggy arrives to the audition late and misses her chance to join the chorus. Luckily, Peggy soon catches the eye of the famous director, Julian Marsh, and he gives Peggy her big break.
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9th - 12th March 2011
This show has not been often performed in England but is a huge hit in America, where its original run played for more performances than “West Side Story”, “Carousel”, “Brigadoon” and “Showboat”.
It has 22 named parts, which were all cast from within the ranks of the company and marked the return to DMTC of Eileen Glenton, as the fading ballerina, for the first time since “Noel & Ivor!”
It tells the stories of a group of disparate people who happen to be staying in the Grand Hotel in Berlin in 1929. It is the time of the roaring 20s, just before the Great Depression and the rise of the Nazi Party. As Vicki Baum, the author wrote: “They were dancing on the edge of a volcano”.
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11th - 15th May 2010
Jerry Herman's sensational, multi-award winning, spectacular musical
‘Hello, Dolly!’ is back to where she belongs! Originally starring
Carol Channing, it was turned into a hugely successful film with
Barbra Streisand in the lead role.
One of the longest running shows in Broadway history, ‘Hello, Dolly!’ combines a witty book with a fabulous toe-tapping, hum along score. It has become an enduring, favourite musical that never fails to please. The original New York Times review said: “‘Hello, Dolly’! has qualities of freshness and imagination that are rare.
One is glad to welcome ‘Hello, Dolly!’ for its warmth, color and high spirits.”
Hello, Dolly! Review | Hello, Dolly! Cast
Scrooge the Musical
17th - 21st November 2009
"Scrooge"was written by Leslie Bricusse as a film in 1970, starring Albert Finney as the miserly money lender - one of Dickens most beloved creations, who undergoes a transformation of character just in time for Christmas celebrations. In the 1990s Bricusse adapted his musical film for stage, this time starring Anthony Newley as Ebenezer Scrooge. The score was enlarged with several new songs being added and was so successful that it played for 5 seasons.
In 2005 the show was revived with Tommy Steele taking the lead and again a smash hit at the London Palladium. It began to be produced world-wide and Richard Chamberlain took the lead in America, while Keith Michell starred in Australia.
The show has a very tuneful score including the hit song "Thank You Very Much". It includes a wonderful array of Dickensian characters ranging in size from small to large, both male and female, young and old.
It is a show with a very warm heart and the story is much loved by everyone. The change that Scrooge undergoes when he is visited by the 3 ghosts is one we can all releate to, especially at Christmas time.
Scrooge Review | Scrooge Cast
Fiddler On The Roof
31st March - 4th April 2009
The people of Anatevka, a small Jewish community in Tsarist Russia, earn their simple and precarious living from the land. Tevye, a milkman, is a devout and humorous man who believes that their strength derives from the age old laws of 'tradition'. He explains that everyone is a 'fiddler on the roof', trying to scratch out a pleasant simple tune without breaking his neck. However, these traditions of a lifetime are to cause Tevye many heart-searching problems which he debates with God and his conscience.
All performances of 'Fiddler On The Roof' were dedicated to the memory of our former President, Harry Dallard who sadly died February 2007. Harry had expressed great delight that we would be performing his favourite show for the first time since 1974.
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Noel & Ivor
26th - 28th June 2008
Celebrating the lives and music of Noel Coward and Ivor Novello this show was put together by Fred Wharton and Steven Hood. The show featured an amalgam of the fascinating range of songs and musical theatre of these geniuses who represent two of Britain's finest composers.
Songs in the show: 'Keep the Home Fires Burning', 'London Pride', Waltz of My Heart', 'Sail Away', 'Come the Wild Wild Weather', 'Vitality', 'Kings Rhapsody Medley', 'Glamorous Night Medley'.
Mack & Mabel
29th January - 2nd February 2008
It’s 1928, and the director Mack Sennett, king of the silent comic film, has come back to his old studio. But it’s all changed; now they’re shooting a talkie. And talkies, according to Sennett, are nothing but “some joker with a Victrola back of the screen” just tricks and not worth “one eighth of a quarter of an inch of my Mabel”. Mabel Normand, silent film actress, is the woman Sennett loved indeed, still loves.
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5th - 9th June 2007
A well crafted period musical, Gigi perfectly recaptures the romance and chivalry of fin-de-siecle Paris.
Gigi is a snapshot of Parisian belle epoque life in turn-of-the-century Paris, with the sparkling Lerner & Lowe scores, the musical was awarded an outstanding 9 Oscars in 1958.
Gaston Lachaille is a bon vivant following in the footsteps of his uncle Honore. But Gaston is becoming bored with the high life; especially the women. He only truly enjoys the time he spends with one of his uncle's old friends, Madame Alvarez and her granddaughter, the precocious and care free Gigi.
Gigi is being groomed to follow in her grandmother's footsteps as a famous courtesan. It suddenly occurs to Gaston that he could become her first protector, but the situation makes him uneasy until he discovers that he's in love with Gigi and wants to marry her.
Wonderful songs in this show are 'Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well', 'It's a Bore', 'She's Not Thinking of Me' and 'Thank Heaven for Little Girls'.
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The curtain rises revealing Robert alone onstage. He is in his apartment listening to his answering machine as it plays back various birthday greetings from some of his friends. After the funny, sardonic, odd messages are finished, Robert records a message of his own, announcing that it is his 35th birthday. Slowly, five couples - Joanne and Larry; Susan and Peter; Amy and Paul; Sarah and Harry; and Jenny and David - gather in Robert's apartment to give him a surprise birthday party.
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Titanic The Musical
TITANIC begins - Prologue as Thomas Andrews, the architect of the great ship, pores over the blueprints of his design - In Every Age. The curtain then rises to reveal the Ocean Dock in Southampton, England, where people are gathering to wonder at and to board the ship on sailing day: first a stoker - How Did They Build Titanic?, then additional crewmen - There She Is, officers and stevedores - Loading Inventory, the owner, the architect and the captain - The Largest Moving Object, the Third and Second Class passengers - I Must Get On That Ship, and finally the First Class passengers - The 1st Class Roster. Now fully boarded, the ship pulls out as the company sings a prayerful farewell - Godspeed Titanic.
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Guys and Dolls
8th - 12th February 2005
After the overture, the curtain rises on a bustling street scene alive with Times Square characters: sightseeing tourists and their guide; teenaged girls in bobby socks carrying autograph books; street vendors selling apples and flowers from a tray; a heavyweight prize-fighter with his manager; assorted street hustlers and pickpockets; and policemen (Runyonland"). Three gamblers, Benny Southstreet, Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Rusty Charlie, enter, reading aloud the daily horse-race scratch sheet. They trade tips about different horses - Fugue for Tinhorns.
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1911, India, or Inja as the British would say. Mary Lennox, British as they come, dreams of nursery rhymes and Indian chants - Opening, and awakes to find her parents have died of cholera. She is found and returned to the England she has never known, not knowing if she is awake or still dreaming - There's a Girl. Note: Throughout the show, these and other songs are sung by a chorus of ghosts, referred to in the libretto as "dreamers," who serve as narrators and Greek chorus for the action.
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A nervous King Arthur tries to cajole Merlyn, his teacher, to tell him about Guenevere the future Queen. Merlyn knows the future, as he lives from the future into the present. He grows younger instead of aging. Upon her arrival Guenevere dodges the awaiting crowds and hides as she sings - The Simple Joys of Maidenhood. Arthur and Guenevere accidentally meet in the forest and are delighted to find they are charmed with each other. The wonderfully placid Camelot, where royal decree sets the tone, becomes the set for a story of love and chivalry.
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The first encounter between Professor Henry Higgins, the brilliant, crotchety, middle-aged bachelor who is England's leading phoneticist, and Eliza Doolittle, the little cockney gutter sparrow, takes place near the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, late on a cold March night. Eliza is selling violets. Higgins is out on his endless quest for new dialects of London's speech. A handsome young aristocrat, Freddy Eynsford-Hill, takes no notice of her when she tries to sell him violets. Colonel Pickering, also a linguistic expert, comes to stay with Higgins at his flat. Eliza's squalid father, Alfred Doolittle, outlines his optimistic if somewhat unorthodox philosophy of life in the rousing With a Little Bit of Luck.
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J.M. Barrie's classic tale is brought to life in this fantastic new pantomime production by your favourite amateur company. This timeless story used the full resources of the Gala Theatre - as we flew above the rooftops with Peter, Tinkerbell, and the Darling children as they went on their breathtaking adventure.
And yes.. they really did fly!
Charting the rise of Cole Porter through the '20s, the glittering '30s and '40s, the story of his life interweaves with a dazzling array of his most famous songs, including: "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Anything Goes", "From this Moment On", "I Love Paris", "Blow Gabriel, Blow", "Begin the Beguine", "I've Got You Under MY Skin", "Night and Day", "In the Still of the Night", "Friendship", "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye", "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love", "It's Delovely", "You're the Top", "Another Op'nin, Another Show", "True Love" and many more.
"What a Swell Party" is a tribute to a musical and lyrical talent which even now remains unsurpassed. Read a Review
Bill Snibson, a Lambeth costermonger, is revealed to be the New Earl of Hareford and his newly-discovered aristocratic relations are horrified. Bringing him to Hareford Hall, they attempt to educate Bill into the ways of the gentry and seperate him from his cockney girlfriend.
This "comical cockney comedy" features an abundance of well-known "toe -tapping" songs (including "Lambeth Walk", "The Sun Has Got His Hat On" and "Leaning On A Lamppost").
This version was rewritten by Stephen Fry and Mike Ockrent and first presented at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre in 1985 with Robert Lindsay and Emma Thompson.
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