The Sainsbury Singers, the longest serving musical theatre society in Reading, Berkshire, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013 with a series of musical shows and other special events.
The company starts the year by presenting Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore in a 'show-in-a-day' format. This marks a return to the company's roots as its inaugral performance was this popular operetta, at the Palmer Hall in West Street, Reading. Alas this venue has long been unavailable and so the company will utilise the welcoming facilities of The Oakwood Theatre in Woodley, on 27 January. Read our HMS Pinafore from scratch story for more details.
March will see members gather for a celebration dinner dance.
The company is already in rehearsal for the West End and Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde at The Hexagon, Reading, 15-18 May. This is arguably the darkest production for The Sainsbury Singers since Sweeney Todd but it's not all about horror; there will be plenty of retrospective smiles at Victorian values and a love interest to temper the increasing storm conjured up by Dr Jekyll and his alter ego, Edward Hyde. Visit our Jekyll & Hyde page to read more and to find our advanced tickets contact form.
Our Autumn show is somewhat lighter hearted. Red Hot & Cole is a journey in 33 popular songs through the life of American songwriter Cole Porter. The dates of note are 30 October to 2 November and we are returning to Leighton Park School Theatre in Reading for the third year in succession for our Autumn event. Read our Red Hot & Cole page for further information.
It's early days yet but undoubtedly The Sainsburys Singers will close the year out with a spirited programme of carolling and Christmas appearances. All in all it's a programme that we feel sure our founder, Frank Sainsbury, would be proud of.