• Sweet Charity I'm a Brass Band
  • Carousel, the Rogers and Hammerstein musical
  • Chess the musical
  • Strictly Musicals
  • Crazy for You musical
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie musical
  • Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim
  • Love Online the Musical
  • Sweeney Todd the musical
  • South Pacific musical
  • Beauty and the Beast the musical
  • Blitz the Lionel Bart musical
  • Strictly Musicals
  • The Sainsburys Singers has a full technical theatre crew and its own front of house volunteers
  • The ballet in Carousel the musical
  • The Sainsbury Singers performing Red Hot and Cole
  • Return to the Forbidden Planet

Show history

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

  • Guys and Dolls
  • Pickwick

2002

  • Evita
  • The Pirates of Penzance

2001

  • Oklahoma!
  • Half a Sixpence

2000

  • Sweet Charity
  • The Merry Widow

1999

  • Iolanthe
  • Annie Get Your Gun

1998

  • Carousel
  • Mame

1997

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Me and My Girl

1996

  • My Fair Lady
  • Kiss Me, Kate

1995

  • Call Me Madam
  • The Gondoliers

1994

  • Pirating Pinafore
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • South Pacific

1993

  • Ruddigore
  • Guys and Dolls

1992

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Calamity Jane

1991

  • The Grand Duke
  • Hello, Dolly!

1990

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Half a Sixpence

1989

  • The Mikado
  • Oklahoma!

1988

  • The Merry Widow
  • Show Boat

1987

  • Merrie England
  • Annie Get Your Gun

1986

  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • South Pacific

1985

  • La Vie Parisienne
  • The Pajama Game

1984

  • Kiss Me, Kate
  • Carousel

1983

  • My Fair Lady
  • Trial by Jury
  • HMS Pinafore

1982

  • Half a Sixpence
  • Princess Ida

1981

  • Chu Chin Chow
  • La Belle Hélène

1980

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • Cavalleria Rusticana

1979

  • The Merry Widow
  • The Zoo
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1978

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Oklahoma!

1977

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • The Gondoliers

1976

  • My Fair Lady
  • Trial by Jury
  • The Sorcerer

1975

  • La Vie Parisienne
  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1974

  • Faust
  • Utopia (Limited)

1973

  • The Bartered
  • Bride Patience

1972

  • Carmen
  • The Mikado

1971

  • Tom Jones
  • Trial by Jury
  • HMS Pinafore

1970

  • La Belle Hélène
  • Iolanthe

1969

  • Die Fledermaus
  • The Gondoliers

1968

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Princess Ida

1967

  • The Merry Widow
  • Cox and Box
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1966

  • The Vagabond King
  • Ruddigore

1965

  • Bless the Bride
  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1964

  • The Mikado
  • The New Moon

1963

  • The Desert Song
  • Merrie England

1962

  • Perchance to Dream
  • The Gondoliers

1961

  • The Rebel Maid
  • Martha

1960

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Iolanthe

1959

  • The Merry Widow
  • Patience

1958

  • White Horse Inn
  • The Duchess of Dantzig

1957

  • The Arcadians
  • The Gipsy Baron

1956

  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • The Maid of the Mountains

1955

  • The Quaker Girl
  • Elijah

1954

  • Faust
  • A Country Girl

1953

  • The Belle of New York
  • The Mikado

1952

  • The Desert Song
  • Merrie England

1951

  • Monsieur Beaucaire

1950

  • The Bartered Bride

1949

  • The Gondoliers

1948

  • The Arcadians
  • Tom Jones

1947

  • Merrie England
  • Trial by Jury
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1946

  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1945

  • The Beggar's Opera
  • Iolanthe

1944

  • The Gondoliers
  • The Mikado

1943

  • HMS Pinafore

1942

  • Tales of Hoffman
  • Ladies of Cranford
  • Hiawatha's Wedding Feast

1941

  • Plain Jane
  • The Policeman's Serenade
  • The Dear Departed

1939

  • HMS Pinafore
  • The Pirates of Penzance

Strictly Musicals

Strictly Musicals performed by Sainsbury SingersThe Sainsbury Singers presented Strictly Musicals on 30-31 October 2010 at The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames and The Concert Hall, Reading on 13-14 November 2010.

It was the first time that the Society had staged a show of this nature. Unlike a usual production there was no hireable score, script, band parts, costumes, prop or set.

The Programme
  • The Circle of Life (The Lion King) Jessamy Vincent, Brian Bretney, Chris Reeves and ensemble
  • Mix Tape (Avenue Q) Louise Quelch and Sean Faulkner
  • All That Jazz (Chicago) Lorraine Dobby and ensemble
  • On My Own (Les Misérables) Abi Kirkwood
  • Tonight Quintet (West Side Story) Stephen Cox, Sean Faulkner, Helen Cleeve, Chris Reeves, Emma Reeves and full company
  • All I Ask of You (The Phantom of the Opera) Chris Thomas and Christina Wayman
  • Master of the House (Les Misérables) Nigel Wilson, Lesley Vought and full company
  • Once We Were Kings (Billy Elliot) Full company
  • I am What I Am (La Cage aux Folles) Stephen Cox
  • You Can't Stop The Beat (Hairspray) LeeAnnBowsher, Sean Faulkner, Catherine Hannan, Chris Thomas, Brian Bretney, Helen Eggleton and full company
Interval
  • Maquerade (The Phantom of the Opera) Carolyn Steed, Tracy Attridge, Michael Schult, Peter Cox, Lynn Harrison, Chris Faulkner and ensemble
  • The Wizard and I (Wicked) Jessamy Vincent
  • Super Trouper (Mamma Mia!) Kim Antell, Helen Eggerton, Beth Brummer and ensemble
  • Tell Me It's Not True (Blood Brothers) Tricia Goodchild, Nidel Wilson, Emma Prince and full company
  • Reviewing The Situation (Oliver!) Peter Cox / Brian Bretney
  • Cell Block Tango (Chicago) Kim Antell, Lesley Vought, Helen Eggleton, Catherine Hannan, Lorraine Dobby, Emma Prince and male ensemble
  • There Is Nothin' Like A Dame (South Pacific) Male company
  • One Day More (Les Misérables) Brian Bretney, Chris Reeves, Helen Cleeve, Abi Kirkwood, Chris Faulkner, Sean Faulkner, Nigel Wilson, Lesley Vought and full company
Strictly Musicals - Circle of LifeThe Cast

Kim Antell, Tracey Attridge, LeeAnn Bowsher, Brian Bretney, Beth Brummer, Godfrey Chigona, Helen Cleeve, Peter Cox, Stephen Cox, Lorraine Dobby, Helen Eggleton, Chris Faulkner, Sean Faulkner, Tricia Goodchild, Dan Groves, Catherine Hannan, Lynn Harrison, Chris Howard, Simon Hutson, Abi Kirkwood, Hilary Latimer, Pat Long, Emma Prince, Louis Quelch, Chris Reeves, Emma Reeves, Denise Schult, Michael Schult, Carolyn Steed, Chris Thomas, Jessamy Vincent, Lesley Vought, Christina Wayman, Nigel Wilson, Hannah Wyard

The Strictly Musicals Band
  • Conductor and Keyboard Fiona Wilson
  • Keyboard Anton Gwilt
  • Flute, Piccolo and Alto Saxophone Nicola Fielden
  • Clarinet, Alto and Tenor Saxophone Sarah Turvey
  • Trumpet and Flugelhorn David Gray
  • String Bass Dave Richmond
  • Percussion Frank Hockney

Behind The Scenes
  • Musical Producer Michael Stebbings
  • Assistant Musical Producer Fiona Wilson
  • Choreographer Kim Antell
  • Production Co-ordinator Stephen Cox
  • Production Assistant Jessamy Vincent
  • Deputy Stage Manager Rebecca Wyard
  • Lighting Designer Kim Hollamby
  • Lighting operators Peter Harley and Barry Hollamby (at The Kenton Theatre) and Adrian Croton (at The Concert Hall)
  • Followspot operators Peter Harley, Kim Hollamby (at The Kenton Theatre) and Heather Hollamby (at The Concert Hall)
  • Wardrobe Mistresses Amanda Bretney and Vanda Hull
  • Wardrobe assisted by Tricia Goodchild and Emma Reeves
  • Makeup Louise Marshall
  • Makeup assisted by Catherine Hannan and Kerry Woodley
  • Programme Design Jessamy Vincent – with thanks to The Publicity Team and Nigel Wilson
  • Publicity Team Helen Cleeve, Ruth Howard, Chris Howard, Emma Prince, Denise Schult and Jessamy Vincent
  • Webmasters Nigel Antell and Brian Bretney
  • Artwork Chris Howard
  • Printing Print Wise
  • Front of House Manager John Jones
Acknowledgements

Viv Cox, for her continued support and hard work; The Kenton Theatre Staff; The Concert Hall staff; The Sainsbury Singers Front of House Team; Trevor Defford; Fabricland, Reading; GTV Sports.

Gallery

Reviews

Henley Standard

Musical show was strictly fantastic

THE Sainsbury Singers were at the Kenton Theatre last Saturday and Sunday to give a performance of their musical extravaganza Strictly Musicals. The show was packed with songs from West End and Broadway hits, including Phantom Of The Opera and Chicago. 

This amateur society was formed as long ago as 1938, by Frank Sainsbury, a local man born in Reading, who was encouraged to sing as a boy to aid his recovery from double pneumonia. 

This latest stage production took a selection of the best songs from well-known musicals to produce an enjoyable and varied programme, giving an opportunity for these singers to showcase their talents. A total of 27 cast members sing solos, duets and group numbers. 

The programme comprised 18 arrangements, divided into two acts, encompassing older favourites such as There is Nothin’ Like A Dame from South Pacific and Tonight from West Side Story, through to modern classics such as All That Jazz from Chicago and You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray. 

If you missed this enjoyable evening of emotion and extravagance, you can catch it again at the Concert Hall, Reading on Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14. 

For tickets call 0118 988 2510 or the box office on 0118 960 6060. 

Richard Rule 

National Operatic and Dramatic Association London Region

 "Strictly Musicals"
Saturday 13th November 2010
The Concert Hall, Reading
Henry Hawes - NODA Representative - Area 13

On Saturday 13th November 2010, I was invited to review the Sainsbury Singers latest production entitled Strictly Musicals at The Concert Hall in Reading and submit a short report. The programme consisted of a wonderful selection of songs from current musicals ranging from 'The Lion King', 'Blood Brothers' to 'Mamma Mia' and concluding with the number 'One Day More' from 'Les Misérables', giving a fitting climax to the evening's entertainment.

Most of the number were well performed although there was a certain discrepancy in the 'Tonight' number from 'West Side Story' caused, I believe, by the overpowering amplification that was used. This type of amplification is totally unnecessary on the Concert Hall which has superb acoustics.I have performed many times in this venue when it was the old Twon Hall and there as never any need for this type of amplification.

The staging was good with the performers making attractive pictures, enhanced by wearing identical outfits. Certain numbers were augmented by choreographic routines which had been well thought out and performed. I did feel that the continuity of the show was spoilt by the company leaving the stage when solos were performed and then re-entering which caused long pauses when nothing happened, this could have been avoided if members had retired to the choir stalls at the rear of the stage.

The Strictly Musicals Band consisted of seven excellent musicians under the control of Fiona Wilson. Their accompaniment was excellent, being an integral part of the show, never over-shadowing the performers.

The lighting design by Kim Hollamby was atmospheric and well controlled, as were the two follow spots.

The programme was attractive and well laid out with all the necessary information contained within its cover.

Thank you for inviting me to review your concert and for your hospitality. May I wish you continued success with your next production, Oklahoma!

Henry Hawes – NODA Representative – London Region – Area 13