Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Gondoliers

The Wellington Gilbert And Sullivan Society have been at it again, this time producing a rendition of The Gondoliers. We went along for the fun of it.

But first, as it was almost Nicola’s birthday, we went for dinner at Logan Brown. As I am now a member of their highly exclusive loyalty programme, they’d sent me a voucher entitling me to a glass of Louis Roederer champagne. Unfortunately as there’s two of us, we had to share it. We therefore started our dinner with a glass of champagne each, followed by the shared hors d’oeuvres (I ate all the olives in that one), before progressing to venison osso bucco (me) and crispy skin gurnard (Nicola).  All up to the usual Logan Brown standard. We're so decadent.

Last time we went to a G&S we had a bit of a debacle with the tickets, so this time we'd entrusted the ticketing to James. We were getting a bit nervous as he turned up with minutes to spare, but we were safely seated in time for the beginning.

The operetta followed the tried and trusted formula, with the usual  inclusion of updated lyrics in one of the numbers...which mentioned Nicola's part-time boss, ACT MP David Seymour, in one place. the full updated version of There Lived A King can be found here.

It was all very well produced and sung by the soloists and chorus, and we enjoyed it immensely. I'm sure there'll be another one around the corner. Looking back, it was last September since we saw The Mikado...so I guess they produce one per year.

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