• 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

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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

Anything Goes

The Sainsbury Singers presented Anything Goes on 2-6 November 2004 at The Hexagon Theatre, Reading.

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Reviews

Reading Evening Post

"The Sainsbury Singers exuberant interpretation of Cole Porter's superb musical comedy Anything Goes was a wonderful tonic for a damp autumn evening in Reading.

The Hexagon stage was cleverly transformed into a trans-Atlantic cruise ship and the audience was transported back in time to the 1930s.

As the overture progressed, we were introduced to the captain, his crew and the strange assortment of passengers as they embarked.

The pivot of the evening was the character Billy Crocker, arriving with papers for his employer he stowed away on board and became central to all the storylines that unfurled.

Nigel Antell, as Billy, moved effortlessly through his role, his comedy timing and singing were superb.  Demure Hope Harcourt, his estranged girlfriend was portrayed by Emma Furnell, a perfect partner for Billy - their duet All Through the Night was excellently performed.

As the suitor chosen by Hope's social climbing mother, played with great aplomb by Isobel Stebbings, Chris Faulkner was exceedingly funny as the rich English aristocrat Sir Evelyn Oakleigh.

Helping Billy stow away on board the ship was gangster Moonface Martin, a role Brian Bretney obviously enjoyed.

Cath Hannan in her first major role with the Sainsbury Singers, played Bonnie, Moonface Martin's moll.  A major part in any production is difficult to perform, but to take on and maintain the role of a ditsy girl, who is also expected to sing and dance well, is a big challenge.

Reno Sweeney, the former evangelist, now Nightclub Singer was brought to life by Helen Eggleton.

Cameo performances were plentiful, but mention must be made of Peter Cox as the drunken Elisha J Whitney and of Gordon Wyard as wheelchair-bound Major Walter Williams.

Although having a wealth of acting talent within the comany, the strength of the society lies in their choral singing, superbly demonstrated with the harmonies at the opening of act two.  Produced by Wendy Carne, this was a memorable show." 

G Lesley

Reading Chronicle

"Romance, flirtatious amours and desperate disguises are all part of the recipe for an exciting cruise on a transatlantic liner bound from New York to England.  Add the rhythm and spice of Cole Porter's melodic score and the Sainsbury Singers produced winning entertainment!

Directed by Wendy Carne, all the bubbling humour of the libretto had us in stitches, while choreography by Isobel Stebbings and Kim Antell was a delight to the eye, particularly the tap dancing routines.  The chorus expressively portrayed the wide assortment of passengers and were accompanied by the Orchestra which was conducted by Michael Sharman.

Nigel Antell excelled as the roguish Billy, intent on his pursuit of attractive Hope, performed with poise and a sweet singing voice by Emma Furnell.

Newcomer to a principal part, Chris Faulkner impressed as "silly ass", Sir Evelyn Oakleigh and Helen Eggleton shone as the brash night club dancer - her song and dance numbers