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Postponement of The Gondoliers

Regrettably, as a result of the current global pandemic and UK lockdown, we will not be performing The Gondoliers as planned between 3-6 June.

We are in discussions with the theatre over whether there is a week in which we might be able to perform later in the year, in the event current restrictions are lifted sufficiently to allow rehearsal prior to this.  The theatre obviously has several groups in a similar position to us, so there no guarantee this will be possible; we will update this site if we have any further news on this point.

In the meantime, if you are in need of some GLOC-based Gilbert and Sullivan during the current lockdown, then you can find a few videos from past productions on our YouTube page here:

Coronavirus – GLOC update

In light of the updated government guidelines regarding the coronavirus, the committee has had to make some tough decisions about rehearsals and the show. With the guidance changing day to day, it’s so difficult to anticipate what might be going on in a few weeks.

For now, we are cancelling rehearsals until further notice.  We will keep the situation under review, and when necessary we will make further decisions about whether to try to proceed with the show (and somehow make up lost rehearsal time) or whether to postpone (if we can get another date).

We also send our love to people for whom the arts and music is a life and not just a hobby; things are so much more devastating for them (and we include our own professionals in that).

Cast announced for The Gondoliers

We are delighted to announce the cast for this year’s production of The Gondoliers is as follows:


Gianetta – Rachel Wood

Tessa – Alex Hill

Marco – Andrew Hurst

Guiseppe – Stoo Gill

Duke of Plaza Toro – Colin McKenna

Duchess of Plaza Toro – Charlotte Collier

Luiz – Tom Dalton

Casilda – Debbie Lee

Don Alhambra del Bolero – Liam Geoghegan

Fiametta – Maja Dabagh

Vittoria – Alicia Fothergill

Giulia – Ali Dixon

Francesco – Paddy Cockshutt

Giorgio – Jonathan Broad

Antonio – Tom Bruggenwirth

Annibale – Daniel Morris

Inez – Laura Burgoyne


If you wish to join our chorus, you may still be able to do so – please see “Join GLOC” for more information.

Last chance to audition for a principal role for The Gondoliers

There are just a handful of spaces left to audition on 8 February 2020 for a principal role in our summer 2020 production of The Gondoliers.

There are no auditions for chorus – you need only enthusiasm and availability.

Auditions are by appointment only; to apply, please fill in the form in the Welcome Pack (link below).

We have put together a Welcome Pack with full details about GLOC, the production, the rehearsal process and how to audition for a principal role.    If there is anything you need to know which is not covered in the Welcome Pack, please do make contact with us.

Start of rehearsals and auditions for The Gondoliers

We will shortly be starting rehearsals for our summer production of The Gondoliers.  We kick things off with an open rehearsal on 29 January 2020 at 6.45pm in St Gabriel’s Halls, Pimlico.  This is an ideal opportunity for anyone thinking of joining the company or wanting to dip a toe into the water of G&S to come along and meet the director and MD, and get an overview of the production and rehearsal process.

Auditions for principal roles will be on 5th February and 8th February.  There are no auditions for chorus – you need only enthusiasm and availability.

We have put together a Welcome Pack with full details about GLOC, the production, the rehearsal process and how to audition for a principal role.    If there is anything you need to know which is not covered in the Welcome Pack, please do make contact with us.

New members, young and old, are always welcome, and we’d be delighted to see you on 29th January.

GLOC 70th Anniversary Cabaret!

Dear GLOC Members – old, new and fans!

You are cordially invited to join us for our our 70th birthday celebrations!
On Saturday 5 October we’re marking seven decades of Grosvenor Light Opera Company with a cabaret evening of stories, laughs, light opera and modified rapture. Save the date in your diaries!
This will be an opportunity to catch up with old cast-mates, new members, share our backstage stories, and of course, have a jolly good sing-along!
Everyone will have a chance to join in, from full chorus numbers to ensembles and solo spots. If you want to sing, let us know and we’ll get you on our little list.
To avoid six consecutive renditions of The Sun Whose Rays (charming as they would certainly be) we’re putting together a cracking lineup of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best work. Expect more detail soon, but to help us plan, please do get in touch:
  • If you want to sing, tell us your name, voice type, Favourite show or character, and your top chorus, ensemble and solo songs.
  • If you have any favourite memories or images of your time in GLOC, please send them to [email protected] so we can laugh, cry and exclaim in wonder together on the night.
  • Tell your former cast-mates who may no longer be in touch with us – we want as many generations of GLOC in one place as possible!
If you need to book travel or accommodation, the venue is in North London, a five minute walk from Farringdon Station.
We look forward to sharing our birthday with you all,
Yours in GLOC,

Come and Sing! L’Elisir D’Amore

Following the success of GLOC’s previous Come And Sing productions of Guys and Dolls and Carousel, join us on Saturday 6th July at St. Gabriel’s Church Hall, Pimlico, for another fun scratch performance, this time of Donizetti’s well-loved comic opera about the perils of using dodgy love potions purchased from travelling salesmen (which then, unsurprisingly, became the inspiration for Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer).

The day will be broken up into two workshop sessions – 10am-1pm, and 2pm-5pm, with an hour for lunch, and will culminate in an informal hour long performance at the end.

All are welcome to join! Tickets are £20 and available from

Winter Show 2019 – Writers needed!

Are you a budding writer or dramatist? Or do you just have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head that could be realised on stage for minimum cost? That’s right – we at GLOC are looking for a talented person or team to draft, develop and deliver our next winter production. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your work performed by a fantastically enthusiastic and dedicated amateur company.

The GLOC winter show is a chance for the company to do something a bit different from its usual G&S fare. In recent years this more relaxed show has taken various forms including cabaret, pantomime and comic musical using a mix of songs from G&S and musicals, and pop and festive favourites. To be delivered on a shoestring budget, and performed with piano accompaniment in a local community hall, our main aim for the show is to have fun and entertain our audience, and keep our cast and chorus of around 30 people – mostly young professionals – entertained throughout the three month rehearsal period.

The successful writer or team will be expected to plan the production and be responsible for directing – or finding a director for – the show. The deadline for applications is 30 April. For more information on the company, and what the application should include, keep reading...

Anyone who is interested in this opportunity to showcase their work with a young, lively company should email [email protected] with a short outline of their ideas including:

  • plot outline

  • characters

  • the look and feel of the piece, such as set, lighting and costumes (bearing in mind venue and budget limitations)

  • an outline list of songs, and how the music will be sourced

  • how you will work with a limited budget and manage the time constraints of our volunteer production team

Please also attach a draft of at least one full scene for the proposed show. A full script, with sheet music, must be completed by the end of July, before production begins in September. This gives time for final reviews and edits, and for our musical director to produce any new arrangements as required.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April.

We expect the show itself to be performed over 2 nights in late November or early December (exact dates TBC). Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights starting in September, with the opportunity for one or potentially two longer Sunday rehearsals later in the rehearsal period.

Some things to consider:

  • The winter show can be an opportunity for members who don’t audition for roles in our summer operas to shine – if you are writing an original piece, consider what small to medium roles could be included.

  • One of GLOC’s aims is to spread knowledge of Gilbert and Sullivan so while not essential, inclusion of their work (for example, one song, potentially with new lyrics) if appropriate would be appreciated.

If you would like to speak to a member of the company before applying, please contact [email protected] and we will arrange for this.