Box of tricks lined up for Gilbert and Sullivan fans

Cox And Box performed in Poppleton, with Stuart Roberts as John James Box (left) and Alex Schofield as James John Cox. Photograph: Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company
9 Apr 2015 @ 2.37 pm
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Cox And Box

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Sat Apr 11 @ 7.30pm


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It’s a game of two halves for fans of musical theatre as the Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company take to the stage again.

In the first half of their latest show, the company present Cox And Box. Adapted from a famous farce, this was Sir Arthur Sullivan’s first foray into comic opera – his writing partner being FC Burnand.

It tells the story of old soldier Sergeant Bouncer and his scheme to get double rent from a single room. By day he lets it to Mr Box (a printer who is out all night) and by night to Mr Cox (a hatter who works all day).

His plan works well until Mr Cox is unexpectedly given a day off. The two lodgers meet, and they discover that they share more than the same bed…

This one-act comic opera is followed in the second half by some of the most well-known Gilbert and Sullivan numbers.

A mixture of solos, ensemble pieces and chorus numbers from a range of shows, including The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and HMS Pinafore, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

– Alex Schofield, publicity officer, Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company

Join their next show

As well as preparing for their forthcoming performance, Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company are busy making plans for their next show.

The Sorcerer will arrive at the Jo Ro Theatre in September, and rehearsals begin on Monday (April 13), at Huntington Methodist Church.

“If you want to tread the boards, meet new people and have fun along the way, then why not join us?” said Alex.

“All are welcome and we do not hold auditions for chorus members, as we want to be fully inclusive and believe that anyone who wants to turn up and sing should be able to do so.”

For those wishing to be considered for principal roles, auditions will be held on Sunday, April 19. Please email the company to request an audition slot and for a copy of the audition pieces.

If you’re interested in joining, feel free to go along to the first rehearsal or contact them for more information.