Our next production will be three semi-staged performances of “Pirates of Penzance” which will be at the following venues –

All Saints Church, Barwick in Elmet at 7.15pm on Friday March 9th.

Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Linton (near Grassington) at 7.30pm on Saturday 10th March.

Helmsley Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Saturday 17th March.

To book tickets for any of these performances please contact the venues.

The performance of Pirates of Penzance at Yeadon Town Hall from 7th – 10th February 2018 received the following report from NODA (which also has been published on their website –

Aireborough Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s 60th Anniversary production of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s comic operetta was beautifully traditional.
The set, which was vibrant and colourful, along with the most stunning costumes enhance the visual quality of the performance.

The outstanding quality of singing was a joy to listen to from start to finish – and this was greatly appreciated by the supportive audience, with long applauses and echo’s of “more” from the audience the night I was there.

The musical direction by Colin Akers ensured that the brilliant orchestra under-scored sympathetically throughout the performance. From the first note of the overture, it was clear we were in for a treat from this orchestra.

As Frederic, Leon Waksbergs’ performance was strong and was well-matched by that of Rowena Thornton as Mabel, whose voice accomplished those top notes with ease.
They were well-supported by Joan Tattersall, as Ruth, Frederic’s former nurse-maid, who’d mistakenly apprenticed him to the “Pirate” rather than to a pilot!
Donald Stephenson gave a commanding performance as The Pirate King, ably supported by Edward Thornton as his lieutenant Samuel.

John Tattersall was loveable as Major-General Stanley, complete with “medal” wearing teddy bear in Act 2. He masterfully accomplished his “Model Major-General” song.
It was lovely to see Major-General Stanley’s other daughters (Gillian Fawcett as Edith, Heather Field as Kate and Jane Harmer as Isobel) having fun in their musical numbers “Climbing Over Rocky Mountain” and “How Beautifully Blue the Sky”. I particularly like the interaction between the daughters and their maids and governesses – and all of their costumes, wigs and accessories were stunning.

Andrew Baxter was excellent as the comical Sergeant of the bungling policemen – I thought the line of policemen in “When The Foeman” was never going to end when they entered the stage – how wonderful to have 24 men in a chorus! And what a sound they made!!!
The clarity in both spoken and sung word made this show an absolute joy to sit back and watch – everything could be heard (in balance), and diction throughout from every single person on stage was excellent!

Congratulations to Helen Clarke (Director) on such a stunning production – this production is certainly a triumph to celebrate a very special year for the Society.

Our 2017 production was “HMS Pinafore” which was performed in Yeadon Town Hall from 8th to 11th February 2017.

This review of the production was published in the Wharfedale Observer –

Review in Wharfedale Observer scan

Wharfedale Festival of Theatre

We were delighted to have won the Wharfedale Festival of Theatre “Yorkshire Post Trophy” for our February 2017 production of “HMS Pinafore” with the citation quoting that the award to the society was in recognition of the “exceptionally high quality singing by all principals and chorus”

Here is a copy of the trophy and certificate!

This follows on from the award of the Wharfedale Festival of Theatre “Ilkley Playhouse Trophy” for our February 2016 production of The Gondoliers, with the citation quoting that the award was for the whole Society in recognition of “the beautifully designed and choreographed Venice tourist scenes as background to the delightful 1950’s update of the light comic opera”. Congratulations to everyone on stage and special thanks to those involved in the scenery design and artwork.

Here is the photo of the trophy and the certificate!

Wharfedale Festival Trophy 2016 Wharfedale Festival certificate 2016

Further details about the Society’s forthcoming events can be obtained by phoning 0113 228 7616 or sending an email using the “contact us” link in the right hand panel of this page.

The following report of our 2016 production at Yeadon Town Hall was published in the Wharfedale Observer on Thursday 11th February 2016.  We also received a superb review from NODA which has been published on their website and which is reproduced in our “Gondoliers 2016” Production page

Gondoliers crit in Wharfedale Observer



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