• 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

godspell cast photoGodspell

From the composer of WickedGodspell features the popular hit "Day by Day", plus a captivating range of songs inspired by diverse musical genres.

What would you do? It's 20th century New York. Your life is spent on the streets. You meet a charismatic stranger who teaches about love. Teaches tolerance through games and improvisation. Teaches kindness through rock, gospel, folk and vaudeville. Do you choose to break away from society to follow him? Or do you choose to stay and conform?

Godspell was performed from 25th-28th October 2017 at the Oakwood Centre, Woodley.

Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak; music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; originally produced on the New York stage by Edgar Lansbury/Stuart Duncan/Joseph Beruh. This amateur production of Godspell was presented by special arrangment with Samuel French, Ltd.

Godspell was directed by Wendy Carne, assisted by Kazia Grainger and Catherine Hannan, with musical direction by Cameron Baker, choreography by Denise Schult and lighting design by Kim Hollamby.

Read our full NODA report of Godspell here.

What the audience said

Wonderful singing and great acting really brought St Matthew's Gospel to life. A thoroughly enjoyable evening, just as good as when I saw Godspell in London with David Essex in 1972!
What a terrific show! Beth and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Many congratulations to the whole cast, to Wendy, Cam and Denise, to the lighting and stage crews, to costumes, makeup, scenery and props and anyone I've missed out.
I really loved the show - such a feel good factor about it, and it transported me back to a previous era! I thought the pianist was totally amazing - what a find!
Well done cast and crew! What a fabulous show! Enjoyed it so much I'm coming again on Saturday evening!
Show was brilliant - so high energy with great choreography and so much variety and the second act was very moving. We loved it.
Massive congratulations on last night's godspell show, you guys are incredibly precise and all that hard work really paid off! There were some really tricky melodies and harmonies so frequently and you sang it beautifully with incredible balance of voices and tongue in cheek moments. Have a fab rest of show week and thanks so much for letting me come and see you in action!
Awesome, everyone. On the Willows takes me out like a bowling bowl; Cameron has clearly worked magic with you in rehearsal, the band has relaxed into the venue really nicely now and what a great musical ensemble you all make. Lovely to see the newest members take such an active and well delivered roles and notable examples of existing members going up a notch too. All of the leads and cameos all over the stage - you stay in character the whole time.
Well done on an awesome first night! The songs were brilliant, such an amazing sound. Loved Lorraine and Helen's duet. You were all fabulous darlings! Enjoy the rest of the week.
Congratulations to everyone involved in Godspell. I thought the production was incredibly powerful, the whole audience were completely absorbed in the show throughout (especially during an emotional act two - even a robot like me had a sniffle). Every single person on stage maintained character so well throughout. The harmonies sounded great, the costumes and staging were effective and the lighting was amazing. Enjoy the remaining shows. Well done to all.
We really enjoyed the performance this evening. I thought the production worked really well and the choreography was magnificant.
The show was fantastic! It didn't feel like it was a show done by an amateur cast.
There was not a passenger on stage, it was a cast full of principals. Everyone I had in tonight loved it! How fortunate you are to have so many talented new cast members.
Amazing - well done to everyone! I really didn't know what to expect but I loved it! It really highlighted how many talented people we have as every single person was constantly acting and reacting, getting involved, playing different instraments. The sound you made as a chorus was incredible! Well done!!

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godspell cast

Cast

  • Jesus Stephen Cox
  • John the Baptist/Judas Brian Bretney
  • Herb Rob Latimer
  • Jeffery Chris Thomas
  • Lamar Gareth Wells
  • Robin Emma Reeves
  • Joanne Martyna Sharma
  • Peggy Helen Thomas
  • Gilmer Lorraine Cox
  • Sonia Jessamy Vincent
  • Chorus Godfrey Chigona, Federico Donati, Kazia Grainger, Catherine Hannan, Emily Hiscock, Steve Jewell, Hilary Latimer, Louise Quelch, Hannah Scarisbrick-Rowe, Denise Schult, Michael Schult, Claire Wilson.

The Godspell Band

    • Keyboard Cameron Baker
    • Guitars Dave Juergens
    • Bass Guitar Jim Pullen
    • Drums Julian Bown

Behind the Scenes

  • Director Wendy Carne
  • Assistant Directors Kazia Grainger, Catherine Hannan
  • Choreographer Denise Schult
  • Musical Director Cameron Baker
  • Lighting Designer Kim Hollamby
  • Lighting Technician Louis Martin
  • Lighting Operator Becca Simons
  • Stage Manager John Simmonds
  • Deputy Stage Manager Jackie Stoffels
  • Stage Crew Joe Daniels
  • Lighting and Effects Equipment Hire Dinrino Theatre Services
  • Additional Lighting Equipment Kim Hollamby
  • Props and Set Kazia Grainger & Wendy Carne
  • Wardrobe Team Amanda Bretney & Emma Reeves
  • Makeup Catherine Hannan & Rachel Sargeant
  • Hair and Wigs Catherine Hannan
  • Rehearsal Prompt Jo O'Mahoney
  • Prompt Jo O'Mahoney & Lynn Hatton
  • Displays Marketing Team and Emma Reeves
  • Webmaster Kim Hollamby
  • Website Content Manager Katie Wise
  • Marketing Team Emma Bradbury, Kazia Grant, Louise Quelch, Denise Schult, Katie Wise
  • Programme and Handbill Design Jessamy Vincent
  • Publishing Manager Jessamy Vincent
  • Photography Ray Wilmott 
  • Fundraising Team Rob Latimer, Michael Schult, Kerry Thomas
  • Social Team Stephen Cox, Catherine Hannan, Chris Reeves, Emma Reeves

Society Front of House Team

  • Ticket Officer Anne Jones
  • Front of House Manager John Jones
  • Front of House Liaison Michael Schult
  • Head Usher/Fire Marshall Patrick Bretney
  • First Aider Lucy Hutson
  • Front of House Volunteers Emma Bradbury, Maria Carratt, Rob Furnell, Sammy Maslen-Leese, Rachel Masters, Chris Reeves, Matt Smith & Katie Wise.