Announcement of next year’s main show

We are really excited to announce that next year’s main show in June 2023 will be The Grand Duke; or, the Statutory Duel, directed by the wonderful Vicky Simon.
If you’d like to join us, whether on stage or behind the scenes, take a look at our Join GLOC page – we’d love to have you join us!

Vicky has previously directed Ruddigore (2015) and Iolanthe (2017) for GLOC, to great acclaim and with much fun had by all in the process. You can check out some photos from these productions in our Gallery and some film extracts on our YouTube page.

The Grand Duke is the last of Gilbert and Sullivan’s collaborations and one of the least performed. The plot is full of wildly farcical Gilbertian humour with some wonderful, sparkling Sullivan music. We can’t wait to see what Vicky will do with it! We would absolutely love to have as many of you as possible join us on stage or behind the scenes.

Rehearsals will begin late January/early February, with auditions for principals following shortly after. As ever, there will be no auditions for chorus members – the more the merrier! Watch out for further updates, or email admin@gloc.org to register your interest.

Important details for your diary:

Rehearsals: From late January/early February 2023, Wednesday nights, 18:45-21:45, St Gabriels Halls, Pimlico SW1V 3AA

Show week: 4-10 June 2023, Bridewell Theatre, London Ec4Y 8EQ

Tickets for ‘A Grand Night For Singing’ now available

For one night only GLOC takes a trip to the music hall with a whistle-stop journey through the songs of the West End & Broadway, comedy songs and sketches, and a hilarious specially written Piratical Pantomime!

Don’t miss out on early bird prices for tickets at £10 (full price £12) and book now!

Tickets are available through TicketSource here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/grosvenorlightopera/t-lndzejq

Join us for a night at the music hall!

GLOC is off to the music hall this term and we want you to join us!

Our winter show this year will be an evening of varied songs, comedy and sketches; including some chorus medleys (a bit of G&S, a soupçon of musical theatre and a collection of Christmas classics), individual skits and solos, and a specially written panto-style melodrama (oh yes it is!).

We’ve had a couple of weeks of rehearsals already, but it’s not too late to get involved! We rehearse every Wednesday evening, 6.45-9.45pm, in St Gabriel’s Halls, Pimlico, SW1V 3AA. Come along and give us a try – we’re a very friendly, welcoming bunch, and you’ll always find a contingent heading for a quick drink after each rehearsal! There’s no auditions to be in the chorus, and the music is all accessible and fun to sing, with a little bit of cockney dancing thrown in for good measure!

Our production of The Sorcerer is being brewed!

Rehearsals are now well underway.

We have a very strong cast, with these superb principles leading party:

J.W. Wells – Stoo Gill

Aline – Grace Watkins

Alexis – Andrew Hurst

Constance – Emma Rettie

Dr Daly – Phil Errington

Mrs Partlett – Ali Dixon

Lady Sangazure – Lesley Khatibi

Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre – James Chadburn

Notary – Jonathan Broad

Tickets will be online for sale very soon! Check back shortly to secure our early bird rate!

We can’t wait to start rehearsals for The Sorcerer!

We had our first, open rehearsal for our next production The Sorcerer last week and it was great to see so many new and returning faces!

If you’d still like to be involved in the show then it’s not too late. We are holding auditions this week (Wednesday 2nd March and Saturday 5th March) for principal roles – sign up for a slot by emailing a copy of this audition form to admin@gloc.org as soon as you can to secure your spot.

If you’d like to be a member of the chorus there are no auditions – just turn up and give us a go! As in all Gilbert and Sullivan shows the chorus in The Sorcerer play a huge role in the action and it’s always great fun to be a part of.

We start our first rehearsal proper next Wednesday, 9th March, at 6:45pm at St. Gabriel’s Church Hall, Churchill Gardens, Pimlico, London SW1V 3AA, a 10 minute walk from Pimlico tube.

For more information about The Sorcerer – the dates, the details, the background of the show and our company – take a look at our handy Welcome Pack which has all the information you need.

We are also looking for help in our backstage team; whether it’s stage managing, lighting, props, costumes, set design, set-building, helping with ticket sales, or whatever other skill you can bring, we’d love to hear from you! Send us a quick note at admin@gloc.org to say hi!

Want to join GLOC? Come to the Open Rehearsal for The Sorcerer!

Come and meet GLOC! Old timers and newbies are welcome alike. You’ll be able to meet the Directors, sing through some delights of score, and take part in a improv workshop to explore what it is to be a villager! 

When: Wednesday 23rd February 18:45 – 21:45

Where: St. Gabriel’s Church Hall, Churchill Gardens, Pimlico, London SW1V 3AA

You’ll be able to hear about the magical vision for The Sorcerer, learn the details on the practicalities of being involved in a GLOC production and learn about dates for auditions and rehearsals.

Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to attend. We will provide a welcome pack in advance detailing

  • What you can expect from Grosvenor Light Opera Company
  • Details of how to become a member, including details about membership fees
  • Rehearsal schedule and important dates
  • Audition details
  • Contact details

Look for the blue door for the hall entrance. We will be downstairs in a room named The Men’s Club. However, please check the noticeboard / signs as you go in, as the room is sometimes modified on the day.

For more information, please see our website: www.gloc.org, or email our Chair Laura, at admin@gloc.org and sign up to our newsletter to receive a copy of the welcome pack.

We are excited to see you for our most magical year yet!

Grosvenor Light Opera Company is thrilled to announce our Creative Director, Jenna Augen! 

Jenna is a RADA graduate and most recently finished a run in The West End in Tom Stoppard’s Olivier-Award-Winning production of Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham’s Theatre. As well as an actress, Jenna is a violinist and acting coach! We are thrilled to have Jenna’s experience as both a performer and acting coach, on top of which she has a genuine passion for G&S! Jenna will be working closely with our experienced Musical Director, Chris Jacklin!

Jenna is brimming with inspirational ideas for The Sorcerer, and we can’t wait to reveal more at The Open Rehearsal on 23rd February, where Jenna will reveal her vision.

Directing Opportunity: The Sorcerer!

Grosvenor Light Opera Company is looking for a talented, enthusiastic director to bring its next production, The Sorcerer, to life!

This is an opportunity to direct a leading amateur Gilbert and Sullivan company with a large cast (50+) and full orchestra, performing sell-out shows in central London. Five performances of the opera, including a matinee, will be staged at the Bridewell Theatre, Blackfriars and Harrogate in August on the following dates:

Bridewell performances: 26th June – 2nd July 2022

Harrogate matinee:  Saturday 13th August

View Director’s Pack Here

Apply by Wednesday 12th Jan 2022. Please email applications to admin@gloc.org or contacts us with any questions you may have.

Rehearsals: The weekly rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 18:45 – 21:45 in Pimlico, and will begin at the end of February.

We’d be eternally grateful if you would circulate this around to anyone else that may be interested in this exciting opportunity. Thanks very much!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

The Gondoliers Success!

Not only have these two Gondoliers been lucky in love capturing two beautiful maids, but we have too! What a wonderful cast and crew that helped make our performance of The Gondoliers so special!

With 5 wonderful performances at The Bridewell Theatre in Central London last week, and a full and fabulous audience each night, we have managed to pull off another roaring success for GLOC! Thank you to our cast and crew for all you do!

If you would like to get involved in next year’s show, please get in touch. We are especially looking for people to help with the roles of stage manager, lighting, props, costume and production. Please contact us here to find out more!